Cork ARC offer the MBSR programme to visitors living with secondary cancer or with a long-term illness related to cancer or its treatment.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or MBSR is a course where participants learn a range of mindfulness practices that can be used in daily life to reduce stress and enhance wellbeing.
Since 1979, a growing consensus has emerged among health care providers that mindfulness is a powerful, effective method for reducing physical and psychological suffering while building our capacity for greater health, balance, ease, and peace of mind.
BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS
- Ability to handle stressful situations more effectively.
- Increased ability to relax.
- Reductions in pain levels and an enhanced ability to cope with pain that may not go away.
- Increased ability to manage anxiety, depression and low mood.
- Enhanced immunity.
- Improved sleep.
HOW CAN MINDFULNESS HELP?
- Becoming more aware, and balanced in the ordinary experiences of everyday life.
- Learning skills that help cope with the stresses and uncertainties of living with cancer.
- Learning skills to respond rather than react to stress and difficulty.
- Working gently to promote kindness towards yourself and others.
As with all of the services at Cork ARC, this course is available free of charge. Regular meetings are also organised for those who have taken part in the MBSR programme in the past. To find out more about the programme, please contact the cancer support team at Cork ARC on 021 427 6688, or drop in to our centre at "Cliffdale", O'Donovan Rossa Road.