Breathing Space London

mindfulness for health

About Mindfulness Based Stress ReductionPicture of someone after meditating

We all have times when we experience stress, along with difficult physical sensations, feelings and moods. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) can help people learn new ways of handling these. Breathing Space has adapted MBSR specifically to support carers.

MBSR can significantly change the way we relate to stress and difficulty, and is taught in a supportive group environment. This can greatly enhance the capacity to cope on a daily basis. By developing more awareness, you can learn to deal more effectively with difficulties and take more pleasure in the good things in life.

MBSR for carers at Breathing Space is a combination of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in the USA.

The core skill that you will learn is 'mindfulness' - a way of paying attention, on purpose and non-judgementally, to what goes on in the present moment in your body, mind, and the world around you. Mindfulness can enable you to see things differently, undoing mental and physical knots and tensions. It can increase your sense of personal confidence and help you feel that you have more options, giving you greater strength to face challenges in your life.

Most people attending MBSR programmes report that they gain lasting benefits, such as:

  • More energy and enthusiasm
  • A greater capacity for relaxation
  • More self-confidence
  • An increased ability to handle stressful situations

Recommended books on dealing with stress


[23-01-09] 41b6Ngh5PfL._SL500_AA240_.jpgFull Catastrophe Living, by Jon Kabat-Zinn, who pioneered the use of mindfulness to help with stress and chronic pain. His course served as the basis for the development of MBCT. The book is aimed at anyone wanting to understand how to use mindfulness to help with stress, emotions and life.

Available from the London Buddhist Centre bookshop.