Teaching Mindfulness To Reduce Stress

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Teaching Mindfulness To Reduce Stress
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With job layoffs leading daily newscasts and Wall Street struggling to gain traction, has there ever been a better time for a stress reduction program, especially one that's offered free of charge?

"Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program," a free four-week series to improve participants' sense of well-being, inner calmness and clarity of thought, will be offered Wednesdays, May 6, 20 and 27, and June 3, from noon - 1 p.m. at Beaumont Hospital in the Beaumont Cancer Center, first floor - Classroom, 3601 W. Thirteen Mile Road (west of Woodward Avenue) in Royal Oak.

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Participants will practice mindfulness and journal writing and discuss what they are doing in the class.

There is no charge to attend the class. Call 248-551-8585 to register. Space is limited.

Sponsored by the breast cancer education and support group Sharing & Caring, the series will be taught by clinical psychologist Donna Rockwell, Psy.D., of the Center for Creative Living in Royal Oak. Dr. Rockwell will outline the components of mindfulness as a tool for stress reduction, a scientifically proven method. Mindfulness helps train the mind to slow down and heighten focused attention, which leads to clearer thinking, greater interpersonal connections and genuine self-acceptance. Learning to cultivate these "wisdom skills" can lower the production of the stress hormone cortisol while enhancing health and wellness.

Sharing & Caring is a patient-driven, volunteer network affiliated with Beaumont Hospitals that is funded, organized and staffed by breast cancer survivors. In addition to support services for the newly diagnosed, the group offers a Thursday night open house, resources and referrals to other community programs and services; community activities; special events; volunteer opportunities; and an annual educational symposium. Call 248-551-8585 for more information about the group.

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