What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is an 8-week programme where participants meet once a week and learn how to integrate mindfulness principles into the challenges of every-day life.
The central focus of MBSR is to empower the participants in using their own resources towards stress-related issues experienced in the form of pain, anxiety, depression, chronic or potentially terminal illness, difficult thoughts and emotions, restless legs syndrome, fatigue, anger, irritation, losses, painful life events and more. It is also suitable for individuals who would like to deepen their mindfulness practice, or just anyone who value well-being and wants to live a more balanced and harmonious life.
MBSR programme includes:
- Attention exercises
- Sitting meditation
- Lying down meditation
- Walking meditation
- Easy yoga movements
- Weekly home assignments
- Group practice and individual practice
Background of MBSR
Mindfulness, which is the heart of MBSR, is considered to be the core of Buddhist meditation traditions and has a long history behind it. MBSR, however, was founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the Stress Clinic in the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and today it is taught and practiced in a secular way all around the world.
Benefits of MBSR
MBSR is a scientifically proven programme that helps:
- enhance coping skills
- pain relief
- reduce anxiety
- improve immune function
- better sleep quality
- increase empathy
- decrease burn-out
- strengthen attention and focus
- reduce stress levels
- increase self-esteem
- improve brain functioning
- build up non-reactivity
- cultivate more compassion and calm
- elevate vitality and feelings of joy
- feeling connected
Participants of the course are also given reading materials and audio files, which can also be used in future when the program is completed. This is to ensure that your mental strength and well-being keeps being strong in the long term.
“It was a great pleasure to meet wonderful people with the same goal. During the sessions I have learned to increase ability to keep calm. I would very much recommend this place.”
– Karolis K.
Research on MBSR
Below is a list of some journal articles and publications about the various benefits of mindfulness practice.
Anxiety (Massachusetts General Hospital study, 2013)
PTSD (VA Puget Sound Health Care System study, 2012)
Distractions (Suffolk University study, 2015)