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Per Psychology Today: Mindfulness is a Buddhist practice adapted to mental health purposes. The essence of mindfulness practice is focusing on one thing at the moment—each breath you take, each step as you walk, the sights, or sounds around you. The MBSR program helps people become more aware of these habitual reactions and helps them relate to themselves in a new way to interrupt this cycle and create more choices in life. Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a healing approach that combines meditative techniques and yoga. Its primary aim is to address the unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that often lead to stress. Clients participating in MBSR aim to address their unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to gain a deeper sense of calm. The benefits of this modality include pain relief, stress management, and better sleep.
Mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, is used to help those living with depression, chronic illness, anxiety, and other conditions that trigger stress. Studies of the technique show that patients who practice it experienced a significant reduction in stress. It’s been especially useful for those for whom medication alone does not alleviate all symptoms.

However, MBSR can be used by anyone dealing with stress. Stress comes from various places, such as work, home and family life, and school. If you’re dealing with stress and that’s leading to physical symptoms like headaches, rashes, or illness, then MBSR is a useful tool to help alleviate that stress.

MBSR works on the premise that there is a space between stimulus and reaction in which we make choices. That split second when we choose how to react to a stimulus occurs so quickly we often don’t recognize it as the moment that determines our reactions and behaviors.