Mindfulness to Reduce Stress

starfish-background.jpgMindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1979 by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, as a coping resource for patients dealing with intense physical symptoms, chronic pain, and difficult emotional situations.

MBSR involves an 8-week program of intensive training in mindfulness and its integration into everyday life, consisting of three components:

  • formal meditation (training and guided meditation sessions);
  • informal meditation (daily 10-15 minute mindfulness exercises, builds muscle of attention); and
  • yoga stretching.

Over the last 30 years Kabat-Zinn and Philipe Goldin, head of the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Group, Stanford University, have done numerous studies, courses and conferences describing the many uses of MBSR in clinical settings.

Over 16,000 people with a wide range of disorders and difficult life situations have completed the program, and programs based on Kabat-Zinn’s model are now available throughout the world.

A number of studies have demonstrated positive attitudinal, health, and behavioral changes associated with MBSR, including improvements in psychological and physical well-being and reductions in anxiety and depression.

The MBSR program has also been adapted and integrated into a variety of other clinical and non-clinical settings with a high adherence rate. In addition, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy developed from MBSR has been shown to help prevent relapse into major depression.

To find out more about how mindfulness can help in reducing stress in your life, make an appointment with one of our psychologists by calling 1800 877 924.