Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) focuses on the cultivation of awareness using meditation and including the practice of gentle, basic yoga and mindful movement. It is based on the core principle of "mindfulness," a mental state whereby one attends to and purposefully manages one's awareness of what is happening in the moment. MBSR helps participants develop a mindful state and incorporate it into everyday life as a coping resource to deal with physical, emotional and situational stressors.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an evidence-based intervention, with over thirty years of data from hospitals, medical centers and other types of treatment facilities around the world, which demonstrate its effectiveness.
Benefits to participants in this program include:
- increased awareness of unhelpful habits
- improved self-esteem and self-efficacy
- reduced mood disturbance, depression, and anxiety
- lower blood pressure and basal metabolic rate
- greater stability in physical symptoms such as pain management, blood glucose levels and blood pressure
- better and more restful sleep
- increased emotional and mental reserves for stressful times
- improved ability to manage pain, illness and other physical health problems
- increased ability to live in the present moment (not lost in anxiety about the past or future)