Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

By doing the mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) program you make a choice to move toward greater balance and develop an inherent skills that enables your body and mind to relax.

Do you suffer from too much stress in your life?

Are you looking for ways to reduce your anxiety or panic?

Do you suffer from high blood pressure?

Mindfulness based training for stress reduction was developed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zin at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Since 1979 thousands of people have benefited from the MBSR program which is now popular in medical centers, hospitals, and clinics around the world.

People participate in a MBSR program for a number of reasons that include:

  • wanting to reduce stress in their life, whether it is job stress, family stress, or financial stress
  • alternatives to managing chronic pain and illness
  • wanting to reduce their feelings of anxiety and panic
  • headache relief or manage sleep disturbances
  • high blood pressure

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness cultivates the innate awareness of our own thoughts, feelings and body sensations in a non-judgmental manner.

When you start to notice typical signs of stress or other body sensations, mindfulness enables you to observe and explore these sensations with a sense of curiosity enables that you to respond with clarity rather than react with typically habitual patterns.

Mindfulness brings your awareness to the present moment.

Mindfulness opens up the possibility of working more wisely in the present moment with difficulties and choosing and option that is enriching to ourselves and others.

What to expect from mindfulness based training program for stress reduction

What can you expect from a MBSR program?

Typically the MBSR program is an eight week course.

This eight week MBSR course typically includes:

  • 2.5 hours of instruction once a week plus one full day
  • training in mindfulness meditation and many meditation exercises to practice
  • an exploration into patterns of thinking, feeling, and behavior
  • lectures that are complemented by discussions
  • support and feedback on progress
  • a rationale for practice of MBSR that is based on scientific principles.

By using mindfulness based training this evidence-based experiential course engages you at the emotional, physical, and intellectual level that is inspiring and transformative.

With over 2 decades of research mindfulness based stress reduction is at the forefront of integrative and preventative medicine.

People who have participated in a MBSR have found that they:

  • have more ability to relax
  • better coping skills with stress and pain reduction
  • increased energy and vitality for life
  • improved self-esteem and confidence

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Mindfulness based stress reduction cultivates an open awareness of the present moment which may provide stress relief. Other stress management strategies include:

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