We all have times when we experience stress, along with difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help us learn new ways of handling stress and all that comes with it.
MBSR can significantly change the way we relate to stress and difficulty, and enhance our capacity to cope on a daily basis. By developing more awareness, you can learn to deal more effectively with difficulties and take more pleasure in the good things in life.
MBSR was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA, and it is the base for later Mindfulness Based Approaches such as MBCT. It is taught in a supportive group environment
The core skill that you will learn is 'mindfulness' - a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you. Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence and help you feel that you have more options, giving you greater strength to face challenges in your life.
Some of the things that MBSR can be beneficial for include:
An interesting recent study on participants in an 8 week MBSR course showed structural brain changes including increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection. There is now a very strong evidence base for the benefits of mindfulness, both neauroscientific and qualitative research. If you are interested you can find more information here.
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