Why Practice Mindfulness

and Why Now?

These are certainly strange and unsettling times. In the last three years alone, the way we live has changed dramatically. Many of us have suffered great losses, whether that be the loss of loved ones, the loss of livelihoods or security or just the familiarity of life as we knew it.

As a result, many of us are thought to be living with psychological distress and extreme levels of fear and anxiety.

Whilst fear is a normal response to the uncertainty we are experiencing, with many questions at the forefront of the mind like – Will I be able to keep up with the rising cost of living? Will my family stay healthy? How can I stop overeating, drinking or taking drugs?  Why can’t I sleep? How can I stop feeling anxious about the future?

We now know that the damage caused by chronic (long-term) fear and stress includes a whole host of physical problems including an increased risk of a heart attack, cancer, stroke, weight gain, memory loss, chronic fatigue syndrome as well as digestive and sleep problems, to name just a few.

Long-term stress is also known to induce or exacerbate mental health conditions including depression and anxiety-related disorders.  In response, health care professionals are increasingly recommending mindfulness practice to help combat stress, depression, and anxiety.

Mindfulness is a form of attention training which helps us tap into our inner calmness and focus and is usually taught in group settings over 8-weekly sessions. These 8-week courses include training in and practicing a series of mindfulness techniques. Some are formal meditation practices like the body scan, mindfulness of breath, mindful eating and mindful movement and some are informal practices such as learning to apply mindfulness to everyday activities like showering or brushing your teeth.

Many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have shown that practicing mindfulness, even for just a few weeks can bring about a variety of physical, psychological and social benefits including:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • relieves our stress levels, anxiety, depression, and insomnia
  • increases our ability to cope with difficult situations as we learn to respond rather than react to our stressors
  • boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness
  • helps us become aware of and manage our emotions more effectively
  • lowers our heart rates and blood pressure
  • re-wires our brains in areas linked to learning, memory, emotion regulation and empathy
  • increases our sense of wellbeing
  • helps us become aware of our negative habits and helps us develop more positive ones
  • enhances our creativity
  • reduces feelings of loneliness
  • boosts our attention span and ability to focus
  • improves our relationships

Issues that I Help People with

plus some Key Research which informs my practice

Often people will seek out mindfulness interventions when they are ready to make the changes needed to make their lives more in keeping with their image of themselves and their hopes and dreams for their future.
Everyday stress management, anxiety, low mood and insomnia

 

 

Emotion regulation - helping you approach difficult, often repressed emotions in a gentle non-invasive way
Increased focus and improved attention span
Increased joy and creativity in your life

 

  • Stepping out of history: Mindfulness improves insight problem solving https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22483682/
  • Meditate to create: The Impact of  Focused attention and Open-monitoring meditation on Convergent and Divergent Thinking https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3328799/

Get In Touch

Email

info@lindacorcoranmindfulness.com

Address

Queens Park, London, NW6 7EY, UK

Hours

Mon – Fri: 10am – 9pm
Weekends: 10am – 3m