Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a structured program that teaches individuals mindfulness meditation as a tool to reduce stress, manage emotions, and improve overall well-being.

 

MBSR has been extensively researched and is effective in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improving physical and mental health outcomes such as immune function, blood pressure, and cognitive function.

 

The MBSR course is an 8 week course to allow participants to fully engage with the program and to establish a daily mindfulness practice. The structure of the program allows participants to learn and practice mindfulness skills progressively, building on their knowledge and skills week by week. The group format of MBSR courses can also be beneficial as it provides a supportive environment for learning and practising mindfulness and can facilitate the sharing of experiences and challenges with others.

 

Overall, the 8-week MBSR course can be a valuable and effective way for individuals to learn skills to manage stress and improve their overall well-being.

 

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THE CHALLENGES WE FACE

There are many challenges that people face in life, and the specific challenges that an individual faces can depend on their circumstances, personality, and goals. 

  1. Financial challenges: These can include challenges related to managing money, paying bills, and saving for the future.
  2. Relationship challenges: These can include challenges related to maintaining healthy and fulfilling relationships with family, friends, and romantic partners.
  3. Career challenges: These can include challenges related to finding a job, advancing in a career, or finding work-life balance.
  4. Health challenges: These can include challenges related to physical, mental, and emotional well-being, such as managing chronic illness or dealing with stress and anxiety.
  5. Personal growth challenges: These can include challenges related to self-improvement, such as setting and achieving personal goals or overcoming personal weaknesses or limitations.


Learning how to overcome challenges and grow from them can help you become a stronger and more resilient towards stress that comes your way.


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YOU WILL

Through MBSR, you can expect to:

  1. Develop a greater sense of self-awareness and understanding of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.
  2. Learn mindfulness meditation practices, such as body scan and sitting meditation, to help you cultivate present-moment awareness and manage stress.
  3. Develop skills to manage stress and negative emotions, such as anxiety, anger, and depression.
  4. Learn how to communicate more effectively and build stronger relationships with others.
  5. Improve physical symptoms related to stress, such as chronic pain, insomnia, and digestive problems.
  6. Enhance overall well-being, including a sense of balance, clarity, and resilience.


It’s important to note that MBSR is not a substitute for medical treatment, and individuals with serious mental health conditions should seek the guidance of a healthcare professional. However, MBSR can be a useful complement to traditional treatment for many people.

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Jason Best (Mindfulness & Breathwork Instructor)

HOW THIS PROGRAM CAME ABOUT

When I was in my early thirties I developed a burning question “what is life all about ?”. With the birth of my son, I knew that family was my highest value and wondered would my son ask me one day what life is all about. Trying to articulate what life is all about put me on a journey. In my quest, I came across meditation first and not wanting to do it through the online side (apps exc.) as I wanted to have accountability and someone to ask questions when things came up in my practice, I chose 

Transcendent meditation which I heard about listening to Russel Brant. I came across a lovely lady in Galway who taught me the practices of meditation. Unfortunately, my father passed away 2 months later, luckily my meditation practices helped to get through this tough time. The first step through this long journey starts with the realisation that spirituality and religion are 2 separate entities. Fast forward 3 years of practising Transcendent meditation twice a day for 20 minutes with nearly a perfect record, opened my eyes to how calm the mind can be and led me to read many books including Power Of Now and The Untethered Soul. These led me to the realisation that we are not our thoughts and that we can take control of how our mind works. 

 

Hungry for more on this topic I came across mindfulness through my sister Andrea who is a psychotherapist and a psychologist. She has co-facilitated mindfulness-based stress reduction courses in Sligo and this sparked my interest. I was introduced to breathwork by my dear friend Pat Divily. I had two profound sessions with him and both of these experiences led me to the realisation that mindfulness and breathwork together created a very holistic way for the mind body and spirit. I trained to teach MBSR as it’s the gold standard in mindfulness and also qualified as a breathwork instructor.

 

I implemented these practices into my daily routine and found huge results. Mindfulness helps me take on less baggage day to day while breathwork helps me get rid of old baggage. It’s now my mission to help others to learn these skills and to live a better life.

HOW IT WORKS

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a structured program that combines mindfulness meditation to help people manage stress, anxiety, and other negative emotions. An online MBSR course typically includes a combination of:

  1. Guided mindfulness meditation practices: These practices involve focusing your attention on the present moment, without judgment. You may be guided through practices such as body scans, mindful breathing, and mindful movement.
  2. Group discussions: An online MBSR course may include group discussions or forums where you can share your experiences and insights with other participants.
  3. Educational content: An MBSR course may include readings, lectures, or other educational content to help you understand the principles of mindfulness and how to apply them in your daily life.

 

Overall, an MBSR course is designed to help you develop skills for managing stress and improving your overall well-being. It typically involves a commitment to regular practice and a willingness to explore and experiment with new ways of being and relating to your experience.

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What’s Included In The Program

The online course consists of eight, two-hour sessions.
Up to 45 minutes of home practice per day is recommended during the course.

Your course teacher and administrators are also available for any urgent questions that come up between the sessions.

Further Course Information:
This course will be held live on Zoom.
The teacher and participants will be live and visible. 
This course is not offered as a treatment for any specific psychological or physical conditions. The course may not be suitable for people experiencing severe difficulties.

You Will Need:
PC/Laptop/Macbook or Tablet that is able to access Zoom.
Webcam and microphone.
Stable internet connection.
A private space where you can be undisturbed.

FAQs

1. What is mindfulness-based stress reduction?

MBSR is a program developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn that combines mindfulness meditation and yoga to help people manage stress, anxiety, and pain. It is based on the idea that paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way can help individuals develop greater resilience and cope more effectively with stress.

2. How long is the course and what is the format?

The MBSR course is typically 8 weeks long, with each session lasting around 2 hours. The course may be offered in an online format. In an online course, the sessions may be delivered through video conferencing, recorded lectures, and other interactive elements such as discussion forums and live Q&A sessions.

3. What is the commitment required for the course?

Participants are expected to commit to attending all 8 sessions and completing daily mindfulness practices at home. These practices may include meditation, yoga, and other activities designed to cultivate mindfulness.

4. Is MBSR suitable for everyone?

MBSR is generally suitable for most people, but it may not be appropriate for those with certain mental health conditions or physical limitations. It is important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or mindfulness program.

5. How much does the course cost?

Please contact us for prices.

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