We offer the same Mindfulness approaches used in several scientifically tested wellness programs. The original such program is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. MBSR and other mindfulness programs have been implemented at hundreds of hospitals, clinics, university counseling centers, and business settings due to their effectiveness and popularity. Such programs are currently offered at the State University of New York Stony Brook Counseling Center, Duke Center for Integrative Medicine, Columbia University, University of Virginia, and the Harvard School of Public Health, just to name a few.
Mindfulness techniques which are the foundation of these programs develop abilities for:
Relaxed awareness of the present moment
Releasing unhelpful attachment or aversion
Distress tolerance and impulse control
Clarity and awareness of thought patterns
The techniques for developing such experiences include attention regulation and skillful use of the mind-body connection. These techniques are first practiced by themselves and are then applied to the challenges of everyday life.
Research findings related to MBSR and other Mindfulness programs are listed below with associated references in alphabetical order.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction has been shown to result in:
Improved health-related quality of life
Increased sense of life meaning and manageability
Reduced anxiety & depression
Enhanced self-esteem and activity levels
Reduced chronic pain and physical distress
Fewer panic type experiences
Increased social activity and vitality
Reduced tension, anger, and fatigue
Increased sleep quality
Reduced pain-related drug use
Brain activity associated with positive emotion
Other Mindfulness based research has demonstrated:
Improved emotion regulation, reduced anxiety
Halved rates of depression
Decreased blood pressure
Optimal states of relaxed alertness
Decreased psychiatric hospitalizations
Reduced harmful behaviors
Reduced substance abuse
Decreased interpersonal problems
Fewer and less intense headaches
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