What is Mindfulness-based stress reduction? Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that combines mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. It was developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and has since been used in a variety of settings, including hospitals, schools, and corporations. The MBSR program typically consists of eight weekly sessions, each lasting two to three hours, as well as a full-day retreat. During these sessions, participants learn a variety of mindfulness meditation techniques, such as focused breathing and body scans, and are encouraged to practice these techniques daily at home. They also engage in gentle yoga and other mindful movements designed to increase body awareness and reduce physical tension. Research has shown that MBSR can be effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and symptoms of depression. It has also been shown to improve attention and cognitive function, reduce chronic pain, and lower blood pressure. MBSR is now widely available and is considered a mainstream form of stress reduction and mindfulness training.
Shervan K Shahhian