Teaching Mindfulness To Reduce Stress
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.
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.