How can MBSR help with managing stress?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The two main approaches to the use of mindfulness are Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT), both of which can be learnt via courses and are completely secular in dynamics.
Jon Kabat-Zinn and fellow colleagues developed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach conjointly in 1979 at the University or College of Massachusetts Medical Institution, in America, to help people with a variety of physical and mental health problems. Ever since, hundreds of men and women have completed their basic MBSR 8 week programme. This training in mindfulness allows participants to gain access to their own resources for responding better to stress, illness and pain, and even the obstacles of everyday life.
In this 21st century, we're under stress more than ever before, and with symptoms including anger, anxiety, insomnia, lack of appetite, chest pains, breathlessness etc. we need to do seriously address this stress issue. After divorce and bereavement, work is the third biggest reason behind stress. As well as impacting on people's health and wellness, it may also damage relationships and way of life.
MBSR features techniques such as meditation, mind-body and yoga exercises to help people understand the body mind connection, the impact of stress and it offers ways to handle stress. It offers people greater clarity on what is happening in their lives. People have reported feeling more engaged in their work, more energized, less troubled, as well as sleeping better and also have fewer physical symptoms of stress, after participating in a course which uses the components of MBSR.
MBSR has been developed and researched since the 1970s because of its effect on mental health. It's been proven to reduce anxiety levels by 58% and stress by 40%. In a research by Oxford University into people with "problematic" levels of stress, a substantial improvement in recognized degrees of stress during the period of the online mindfulness intervention was found (Krusche et al, 2013). The findings of this research were steady with other studies, which exhibited that changes in mindfulness "precede changes in identified stress" (Baer et al, 2012).
The training of MBSR has been thoroughly developed in nursing homes and treatment centers for personnel, medical patients and students, in inner-city areas, prisons, companies, lawyers, universities, government, and schools agencies. Evidence-based research shows MBSR to work in assisting chronic pain and fatigue, depression, anxiety, life stress, psoriasis and a great many other conditions.
Go and get a raisin (or any piece of fruit you might have at hand).Sit down in a tranquil place with your back straight, but laid back. Take a good look at the raisin, smell it, feel it, and imagine eating it. Taste the raisin, and little by little and intentionally chew it. Spot the way the raisin's taste changes, your impulse to swallow the raisin, your response to that impulse and any thoughts or thoughts that arise along the way. Paying close focus on your senses as well as your body's a reaction to the raisin might reveal insight into your relationship with eating and food.
Marie claude Bouchet
Professional development, Personal development, mental wellbeing, stress management, resilience etc.