Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

8 Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)

Starting October 14, 2015

The Origins of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction was founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical school in 1979. Over the past thirty years it has developed into a complementary form of health care for the alleviation of stress in our daily lives. It is generally accepted that stress plays a significant role in many of the conditions associated with ill-health. There is a mounting body of evidence that Mindfulness-Based programs, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) can promote both psychological and physical well-being. A recent large review of numerous studies by Fjorback and colleagues (1), for example, demonstrated that mindfulness-based programs generally improved the quality of life and reduced the psychological symptoms of stress such as anxiety and depression in participants.

Benefits of Mindfulness

More effective coping with short- and long-term stress and its effects

Deeper relaxation and rejuvenation

Decrease in the psychological symptoms associated with stress such as depression and anxiety

Pain management and pain reduction

Overall improvement in well-being

The Eight-Week MBSR Program Description

The evidenced program being offered is modeled on the MBSR program offered at the  www.umassmed.edu/cfm/stress-reduction/

The course takes place over 8-weeks with a one day (Saturday or Sunday) retreat about mid-way through the program.

Students will learn a variety of skills including:

Mindfulness meditation

Self-care strategies

Methods for relaxation – better focus and concentration

Begin to recognize your habitual patterns and behaviours

To quiet the inner critic

Emotional resilience

Overall deeper sense of peace of mind and well being

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