Mindfulness based stress reduction session offered

Mindfulness based stress reduction session offered
In these stressful, uncertain times, move toward greater balance, control and peace of mind.

The Avera Center for MindBodySpirit is offering a free orientation class at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13 in the auditorium of the new Avera Professional Office Pavilion and Education Center. During this free orientation session, Michael R. McVay, MD, medical director of the Center will give an overview of an upcoming eight-week class for stress reduction and provide those in attendance with a firsthand taste of mindfulness to better understand the class. Light refreshments will be provided at the orientation class.

Participants who are interested in enrolling in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation session.

The Stress Reduction Class

The Avera Center for MindBodySpirit will be offering a unique eight-week program for stress reduction. It will start Sept. 18 and will be taught by Dr. McVay. The approach that will be used is based on mindfulness based stress reduction or MBSR. Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life – a way of taking charge of your life and doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you. MBSR is designed to cultivate an increased awareness of all aspects of self, including body, mind and spirit. This program is designed for those facing stress, pain and illness in their lives. MBSR complements, but does not replace other medical treatments. It is for anyone, well or ill, who seeks greater levels of health and wellbeing.

The program will help participants to develop:

  • An ability to cope more effectively with both short and long term stressful situations.
  • An increased ability to relax.
  • A greater energy and enthusiasm for life.
  • Lasting decreases in physical and psychological symptoms.
  • Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away.

    Fortunately, mindfulness is not something that you have to "get" or acquire. It is a natural human capacity-a powerful resource you can become familiar with and harness for coping, growing and moving toward greater health and well being.

    For those who have previously taken the Living Well Stress Reduction programs, this new program is an opportunity to deepen the practice of mindfulness.

    Comments from class from former class participants:

    "I never realized that I had so much power over my body."

    "I have learned to take more time for myself, and to keep my thoughts more on the present than the future."

    "The solutions to the troubles and stressors in my life are located within me and not outside."

    For more information you may call the Avera Center for MindBodySpirit at 605-668-8715.

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