ONLINE Stress Less with Mindfulness

Stress Less with Mindfulness introduces participants to the experience and practice of mindfulness, with a goal of reducing stress. Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally. Research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions.

Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more.  The program covers mindful breathing, mindful movement, mindful eating, physical processes in the brain and body, and mindful laughter. 

This is a five session series.  

Sessions Offered

March 23-27 from 9:00-10:00am

March 23-27 from 12:30-1:30pm

March 30-April 3 from 9:00-10:00am

March 30-April 3 from 3:00-4:00pm


Typically, we respond to stress as if we were on autopilot. Our brain is wired to go down the same pathways we have used before. Mindfulness offers a way out of this trap. Three steps to mindfulness include noticing, shifting and practicing.
1. The first step is to “notice” our stress cues, to pay attention! STOP
2. The second step is to “shift” or practice mindfulness activities to gain balance. THINK
3. And the last step is to “practice”. RELAX/BREATHE

Session 1- Introduction and Begin with a Breath

• Learn about the benefits of mindfulness
• Pinpoint behaviors which can make you vulnerable or resilient to stress
• Learn how the brain can reduce or increase stress
• Experience mindful movements as a way to relax

Session 2 - Mindful Eating

• Learn benefits of eating with mindful awareness
• Create a personal hunger/fullness scale as a guide for sensing when and how much to eat
• Experience paying mindful attention to eating

Session 3 - Mindful Walking and Thought Surfing

• Practice mindful walking
• Identify how letting go of control can improve mental and physical happiness
• Learn thought-surfing to gain perspective on negative thoughts, sensations, worries and urges

Session 4 - Be Kind to Your Mind

• Learn the importance of self-compassion for your thinking
• Learn how to "de-fuse" harsh thinking
• Practice mindful attention to your thoughts
• Learn the power of acceptance and gratitude to relieve stress

Session 5 - Laughter is Good Medicine

• Learn physical, mental and social benefits of laughter
• Experience laughing for the health of it
• Learn ways to include laughter in your life
• Review mindfulness skills
• Create a plan for continuing mindfulness practice

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information or questions contact Nicole Wethington at wethingn@msu.edu or 989-344-3264 ext. 1