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with and manage the many different stressors
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It is not the potential stressor itself but how you perceive it and then
how you handle it that will determine whether it leads to stress.
MINDFULNESS STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAMS: MINDFUL LIVING PROGRAMS
Mindfulness helps us restore and maintain a sense of well-being and develop the skills to avoid emotional and physical depletion. The Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs course are modeled after the classes offered at the Stress Reduction Clinic, developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. MBSR is an intensive program used as a complement to conventional medical management of a wide variety of types of illness, chronic pain, and depression. It allows people to mobilize their own inner resources of mind and body tobecome responsible for their personal health and healing. This program is internationally known and acclaimed by virtue of its broadly researched and documented healing work and has benefited the tens of thousands of people who've completed this course.
Persons who are interested in taking an active role in their own healthcare can learn skills that will help them reduce pain, promote health and wellness, and learn more positive responses to stress in their lives.
The following websites offer various materials, courses, and online experiences for those interested in learning more about mindfulness based stress reduction and mindfulness meditation:
Mindful Living Programs
Relaxation techniques are an essential part of your quest for stress management. Relaxation isn't just about peace of mind or enjoying a hobby. Relaxation is a process that decreases the wear and tear on your mind and body from the challenges and hassles of daily life.
Whether your stress is spiraling out of control or you've already got it tamed, you can benefit from learning relaxation techniques. Learning basic relaxation techniques is easy, often free or low cost, and poses little risk. Explore these simple relaxation techniques to get you started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.
Health professionals such as complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, doctors and psychotherapists can teach various relaxation techniques. But if you prefer, you also can learn some relaxation techniques on your own.
Here are some tips for using these or any relaxation exercises:
Visit the Mayo Clinic website for more detailed information on relaxation techniques:
Visit the Hobart and Smith Colleges website where you'll find a variety of free MP3 relaxation exercises (ranging from 9-15 minutes) to help reduce the effects of chronic stress. The recordings of these exercises are not copyrighted-they can be used or copied or recorded to a CD freely.
Both of these exercises are based on the 5tth edition of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, a best-selling self-help book available through Amazon.
Hobart and Smith College Guided Relaxation Exercise
Hobart and Smith College Guided Meditation for Managing Stress
You may also visit MindTools for more downloadable resources for dealing with stress.