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Mindfulness-Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR)
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. We all need a certain amount of pressure to function well, as pressure helps people to reach their peak efficiency. Research shows that pressure can increase our drive to meet deadlines and achieve targets. However, when pressure becomes too intense and prolonged, this can lead to more serious symptoms and problems such as anxiety, depression, headaches, weight gain/loss, sleep disturbance, sweating, abdominal pain, chest pain and panic attacks.
Stress can have a profound effect on someone’s thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It can cause them to feel anxious, out of control and unable to cope. This can lead to feeling irritable or constantly worrying about situations and can even affect a person’s self-esteem. Acute stress might come from any area of life, including work, home, relationships, illness or finance.
According to Be Mindful, as a nation we are under greater stress than ever, and given that stress not only impacts on people’s health and well-being but can also damage social lives and relationships. With this in mind, there is a new stress therapy known as Mindfulness-Based Stressed Reduction (MBSR).
MBSR.co.uk specialises in courses and workshops on mindfulness. It offers an MBSR course that is designed to help people to learn new ways of handling difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. People can opt for courses that run weekly or fortnightly with evening or weekend slots. For further information, see the MBSR website.