Mindfulness is a state of active attention to the present that is cultivated through practice.
When we reside in a more mindful state, we are able to stay present and focused on each moment as it arises. When we live our lives in this state we are cultivating more inner calm and peace and therefore are able to make decisions that are in line with what we need rather than what we think we ‘should’ do. In today’s times, this is becoming more and more difficult to do.
We can often get stuck in thoughts about the past or the future planning wishing that life was different, I’ll be happy when…We make up stories in our minds about events and daunting conversations that haven’t had yet. We ignore the signs our body is showing us, or we mindlessly go through our daily tasks and workdays without questioning if this is really what we want or need.
Regular mindfulness practise teaches you to stay present and aware of your thoughts, feelings and actions which can help to dial down that stress response and create a healthier inner life.
You can think of it as training for the mind
Mindfulness increases your mental fitness
It is a tool that you can access anytime, anywhere, whether you’re feeling pressure, feeling scattered, tired, or you need a quick recharge. When we are more aware of our thoughts, we begin to recognise patterns of thinking that are not useful; this is where we start changing the mind, literally.
A study at Harvard showed that while the subjects were practising mindfulness breath meditation during an MRI, they could see the parts of the brain where focus, memory and concentration occurred light up and the area where the stress response occurs dampen down. They have also discovered over time that the shrinkage that occurs with age in the brain slows down in regular meditators — therefore helping to slow down the ageing process of the brain improving your focus, concentration and memory.
Both of these studies show that meditation has an immediate positive effect on the brain.
I strongly believe in harnessing the power of mindfulness as a way to reset, rejuvenate and focus.
My coaching sessions are designed to do just that.
Why have a mindfulness coach?
Through regular coaching sessions, you will shed light on confronting or confusing situations, and learn how problem solve calmly and mindfully. Mindfulness teaches you how to respond rather than react to avoid setting off the stress response multiple times a day. By becoming more aware and choosing an appropriate response to the level of stress you are facing you are moving towards a life where you begin to reside in a more mindful state which will improve your over well being.
It has also been found that mindfulness can:
- Improve your sleep quality
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve decision making
- Dampen down the stress response hormones
- Boost your immune system
- Mitigate anxiety and depression and age-related cognitive decline
- Lift your energy levels
- Provide clarity
- Promote a sense of peace
My name is Melissa. I’m a stress-reduction coach and through mindfulness, I help you to function at the highest level in your best health.