Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR): Being Calm by Being Present
Are You Too Stressed Out?
While short bursts of pressure can help us to rise to meet a challenge, long term stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental health. Research has shown that under prolonged stress you are at a greater risk of developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure and heart attacks.. Training in Mindfulness can help you manage prolonged periods of stress before they create havoc with your mental and physical health. The aim of mindfulness training is to offer you greater clarity on what is happening in the here and now so you can recognize stress triggers and deal with them in a productive manner.
As a nation we’re under greater stress than ever reeling with symptoms including:
- difficulty sleeping
- loss of appetite
- breathlessness and
- chest pains
MBSR is based on a form of meditation known as mindfulness. Mindfulness is a basic human quality, a way of learning to pay wise attention to whatever is happening in your life–here and now. This attention allows you a greater sense of connection to your life inwardly and outwardly.
Mindfulness is also a practice: a systematic method aimed at cultivating clarity, insight and understanding. In the context of your health, mindfulness is a way for you to learn–in an experiential way– to take better care of yourself by exploring and understanding the interplay of mind and body and mobilizing your own inner resources for coping and growing.
Nearly three decades of scientific research all over the world suggest that training in mindfulness and MBSR can positively and often profoundly affect participants’ ability to reduce medical symptoms and psychological distress while learning to live life more fully.
Benefits of Mindfulness Training
- A greater capacity for relaxation and calmness
- Better coping with the effects of chronic illness
- Less worry, anxiety and depression
- More energy and enthusiasm
- Enhanced emotional control, resourcefulness and resilience
- More self-confidence and creativity
- Better quality sleep