What is MBSR?

“The purpose of our life is to live it and not be a tourist in it. Mindfulness teaches us how to slow down internally and allows us to manage the constant chatter in our busy minds. It frees us to become present to every moment. This simple but powerful practice reduces anxiety and stress, builds confidence and self esteem and allows us to experience our self and our life more fully.”

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) has become an increasingly popular topic in Western psychology, its origins lie in an ancient practice found in a wide range of Eastern philosophies. It is recognised as an effective way of reducing stress, enhancing your emotional resilience and providing a foundation for dealing with life’s challenges.

While short bursts of pressure can help us to rise to meet a challenge, a long term stress can have a major impact on our physical and mental health. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) address's prolonged periods of stress, which can lead to poor mental and physical health.

We are all subjected to more and greater stress than ever, and with symptoms including anger, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, breathlessness and chest pains, it’s something that needs to acknowledged. Work is the biggest cause of stress. As well as impacting on people’s health and wellbeing, it can also damage social lives and relationships.

MBSR incorporates techniques such as meditation, gentle yoga and mind-body exercises to help people learn how to cope with stress. It gives people greater clarity on what is happening in their lives. People have reported feeling more engaged in their work, more energised, less anxious, as well as sleep better and have fewer physical symptoms of stress, after engaging in a course which employs the elements of MBSR. We provide such practices and courses in support of any interventions we make with clients should we feel it appropriate. 

To be mindful is to simply pay attention in a particular way to the present moment, without elaborating or casting judgement. Each thought, feeling and sensation that then occurs is considered, acknowledged and accepted for what it is.  This helps you with:

  • increased recognition
  • cognitive reasoning
  • enhanced decision-making
  • a greater understanding of events as they happen
  • developing curiosity, openness and acceptance

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