MBSR – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is essentially meditation training for individuals living with a variety of mental health diagnoses to develop self-regulation skills. Being able to regulate emotions, thought patterns, and behaviors is an essential part of the treatment process so that individuals can go on to live healthy lives with mental wellbeing.

What is Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)?

MBSR is a mindfulness-based therapy approach that can be helpful for people diagnosed with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and other mood-related disorders. It can also help people who are diagnosed with physical illnesses that present symptoms of chronic pain and stress including fibromyalgia, cancer, immune system disorders, hypertension, diabetes, and others.

Essentially, this type of therapy is used to reduce and manage chronic symptoms of both physical and mental health issues by using stress-reduction techniques that are proven to reduce stress levels. Therefore, improving overall wellness and giving people better and more manageable lifestyles while living with chronic illnesses.

Identifying How MBSR Works

During MBSR therapy sessions, patients are encouraged to identify how they deal with stress. This can mean pinpointing specific behaviors and thought patterns that are stimulated by stress. And, recognize that while stressful situations and circumstances may not be changeable, the reaction to stress can be something that’s manageable. Basically, MBSR gives people the tools and practice necessary in order to respond to stress in healthy ways in order to reduce the effect of stress in their lives. Therefore, reducing the impact that stress may have on their chronic health conditions.

Who Can MBSR Help?

MBSR can help people diagnosed with both mental health issues and physical illness or symptoms. Some of the diagnoses and issues that MBSR can help with include:

  • anxiety disorders
  • depressive disorders
  • bipolar disorders
  • headaches/migraines
  • fibromyalgia
  • stress
  • chronic pain
  • chronic fatigue
  • sleep issues
  • anger issues
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • arthritis

Some of the Benefits of Using MBSR Therapy

MBSR presents a number of benefits for those who choose to utilize this type of therapy. Some of the many benefits of this type of therapy can include:

Stress Management: Many people who deal with chronic pain and the symptoms of mental health issues deal with high levels of stress. MBSR can help individuals learn how to respond to stressful situations and circumstances in ways that reduce the impact of stress on their lives and health.

Pain Management: MBSR can help to reduce symptoms of chronic pain. Thus, improving a person’s overall mental wellbeing as pain can directly impact a person’s daily life and mental health.

Improved Sleep: Worrying and stress can make getting good and enough sleep nearly impossible. Since MBSR can help to reduce anxiety and stress, individuals who take part in this type of therapy can benefit from better and more sleep. Since getting good quality sleep is an important part of maintaining good mental health, this is a very useful benefit that makes both physical and mental improvements.

Reach Out to Synchrony Behavioral Health to Find Out More About MBSR

Learn more about the MBSR approach at Synchrony Brain Health by calling us today to speak with a mental health support specialist at 866-364-2300.

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