Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Many of us have lives that seem constantly hectic, busy and stressful. Often we may feel that we do not have the time or the energy to take the exercise we need and we may suffer with difficult thoughts and painful emotions. The struggle with our own hectic lives, pain and illness, or the struggle with caring for our loved ones, can result in us feeling stress for much of the time as we lose our natural ability to relax deeply.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction is a self-help method of relaxation which can help us restore our ability to relax. It can also help us to maintain our well being and live more fulfilling lives. We can learn various relaxation methods which help us to choose how we react to stressful situations and painful feelings rather than automatically feeling overwhelmed or bogged down by them. By choosing how we react to our thoughts and feelings we can rediscover what is important to us, increase our confidence in our own abilities and have the strength to face the every day challenges of our busy lives. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes focus on changing our response to stress through teaching greater awareness of our body, mind, emotions and breathing. The class includes:
  • healthy breathing
  • gentle exercise suitable for all ages and levels of fitness
  • relaxation techniques including meditation
There are three different forms of course to choose from:
an eight-week 'living well with stress' course;
a ten week 'living well with pain and illness' course;
a simple relaxation group.