Session 1: Introduction to MBSR and Mindfulness in the Workplace.
Session 2: Dealing with Stress, Barriers and Difficulties in a New Way.
Session 3: The Power of Being Present.
Session 4: Awareness of Patterns of Stress Activity.
Session 5: Staying Present and Responding not Reacting.
Session 6: Interpersonal and Working Mindfulness.
All-Day Practice together
Session 7: Building Resilience and Workability Mindfully.
Session 8: Looking Back over the Course and Looking Forward

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the original programme from the Modern Mindfulness Movement. As has become the norm with this and more recently created courses like Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Practice Courses for Pain or Anxiety, the MBSR consists of 8 sessions of just over 2 hours (usually over 8 weeks, and never less than 6) plus a 6 hour “All-Day” where everyone in the group has a special day learning a little more about being kind to themselves.

It is important to note that the mindfulness courses that you hear most about – because they have accreditation with the British NHS and many health providers around the world – are all in this “8+All-Day” format. We do not believe that the way to learn mindfulness is via the one or two day courses commonly offered – though short tasters of an hour or so, to enable you to give mindfulness a try so you can see whether an 8+All-Day is for you, are well worth a visit.

MBSR was created in the early 1980s at the University of Massachusetts Medical School by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Despite the name, one of Jon’s primary intentions for the course was to help people that no-one else in the Medical Centre in which he worked could support: People with long-term pain both physical and emotional. It proved hugely successful.

Current understanding of this course* shows that you are likely to benefit from it:

if you have more stress than you like in your life
if you have recently experienced a bereavement
if you have mood swings
if you have been looking after someone who has a long-term health difficulty
if you have a feeling of anxiety about the future often
if you have difficulties with getting the sleep you need
if you have been coping with illness in yourself or someone close
if you have been dealing with a long-term difficulty at home or work

There is some evidence, but further research is needed, that MBSR is useful for maintaining low blood pressure and fibromyalgia.

The Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme is based on ancient Buddhist practice but is, in no way, religious in content. This course is one of several described as secular, clinical mindfulness and is suitable for people of any religion, or those who choose to have no religion.

If you experience depression, particularly bouts that recur quite often, you may achieve better results by taking an MBCT course. You can click or press here to return to the courses currently being offered by ELK-Health.

* Specifically, compared with control, mindfulness-based stress reduction was associated with reduced perceived stress and/or psychological distress (seven trials), reduced depressive symptoms (10 trials), and reduced anxiety symptoms (six trials).