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Benefits of a regular mindfulness practice

Why bother? It takes a lot of energy and time to start a new habit. This blog post is the first in a series on mindfulness exploring challenges, how to get started, and how to find a practice that works for you. This blog explores some of the evidence for the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice.

Years ago I was in a high-pressure job, stressed, constantly busy and not very happy. Someone mentioned mindfulness and I thought I would give it a go. I did it for six weeks, saw amazing benefits (I was less stressed, less reactive and slept better). But then I gave up, going back to my ‘old’ ways.

There is now a wealth of research on the various benefits of mindfulness practice.  So much so, it’s really hard to ignore how beneficial a regular mindfulness practice can be. So naturally, I talk about mindfulness quite a bit with my clients. 

In this section, the links will take you to various research papers. Of course these only give a snapshot of the research so if you would like to know more, send me a message and I will signpost to more resources.

Potential mental health benefits:

Other health potential benefits:


Keep a look out for further blog posts. But if you are keen to get started, Mind has some resources here and Patrizia Collard’s Little Book of Mindfulness is a lovely intro text.

Here are some guided practice suggestions (and it is worth checking with your employer, health insurer or gym to see if there is free or discounted access to these):

  • Headspace (paid but currently you can try it for free)
  • Calm (paid but currently you can try it for free)
  • Balance (currently free for a year – but make sure you unsubscribe before the end of that period if you don’t want to continue)
  • Free Mindfulness Project (free)

Starting new habits – even if you know they are great for you – can be really hard. There may be some psychic furniture that needs to get re-arranged to make way for the new habit and here therapy did me a world of good. So please be gentle with yourself if you struggle to stick to it -you may benefit from some therapy support.

Image of Carina Badger with three blocks of text. The first block says find clarity and calm. The second block says cope better with change. The third block says say no when you want to. This is for Carina Badger, counsellor and therapist in Urmston, Manchester and online

I help people find clarity and calm, cope better with change and say no when they want to. Through therapy, I can help you get to know yourself better and support you in making meaningful changes in your life. Get in touch.

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