Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was pioneered by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and colleagues in 1979, at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. In 1993, Bill Moyers featured Jon Kabat-Zinn's Stress Reduction Clinic in his series "Healing and the Mind". Currently there are over two hundred medical centers in the United States that have Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction programs.
The MBSR program is an intensive eight-week training to empower participants to take an active role in the management of their health and wellness. Classes meet weekly for 2.5 hours and are open to both nurses and non-nurses. Included in the program is an all-day retreat. Participants are asked to practice mindfulness meditation and/or mindful movement for 30-45 minutes a day with instructional CD's.
This is an essential program for those challenged by everyday life stressors, as well as those living with anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, chronic pain or living with illness. It can also be useful for those caregivers both professionally as healthcare workers or for caring for loved ones.
Participants report an increased ability to be with stress, fear, anger, anxiety, and depression both at home and in the workplace. Participants have stated that they feel more compassionate and less judgmental of themselves and others and often report an improved quality of life.