A modern, scientific-based perspective to traditional Buddhist principles of mindfulness and meditation, it is a flexible approach to reducing stress.

This flexible and customisable approach to stress reduction, is composed of two main components: mindfulness meditation and yoga. Instead of following a script or acting out meticulously described steps, mindfulness is practiced in the manner that best suits the individual.

MBSR ( Mindfulness Based Stress Release) was first put into practice by  Jhon Kabat-Zinn  at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. But very quickly MBSR has shown to also be effectively enhancing the results of treatments related to:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks;
  • Asthma;
  • Cancer;
  • Chronic illness;
  • Depression;
  • Eating disorders;
  • Fatigue;
  • Fibromyalgia;
  • Gastrointestinal distress;
  • Grief;
  • Headaches;
  • Heart disease;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Pain;
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Sleep problems;
  • Work, family, and financial stress (Center for Mindfulness, 2017).

With such an impressive list of benefits, it’s hard to argue against giving MBSR a shot, especially since the program does not require an unreasonable amount of time, energy, or resources.

We may have a short vision of what stress is and how it starts. Here are some Symptoms of Stress according to WebMD ( https://www.webmd.com/default.htm), stress can produce the following symptoms:

  • Low energy;
  • Headaches;
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea;
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles;
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat;
  • Insomnia;
  • Frequent colds and infections;
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.

Beyond these physical symptoms, stress can also have a big impact on your emotions and general mood. Stress.org describes a few of the mental or emotional symptoms of mounting stress:

  • Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts;
  • Trouble learning new information;
  • Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion;
  • Difficulty in making decisions;
  • Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed;
  • Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts;
  • Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness;
  • Little interest in appearance, punctuality;
  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping;
  • Increased frustration, irritability, edginess;
  • Overreaction to petty annoyances.

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