The mindfulness intervention is the standardized Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). In weekly sessions you will train in a group under supervision of a certified MSBR trainer. Each session will take 2 hours.
MBSR focuses on three core elements:
1. mental and physical mindfulness exercises
2. stress management and how to apply the acquired skills in everyday situations
3. it is encouraged that all participants share their experiences of mindfulness and insight into automatic, reactive (thinking) patterns.
In these sessions you will practice different attention exercises focused on body perception, your thoughts, your feelings and your actions. Through these exercises, you will learn how to further develop mindfulness, an innate ability, and how to use it effectively for managing stress. This will increase your resilience and your effectiveness in dealing with hardships. You will learn how to think, feel and act without judgement while observing the interaction between all these elements. This attitude of simply observing your own persona without judgement will enable you to see how stress affects you and give you insight in how to handle stressful situations.
If there are participants who only speak English, the course will be given in English. If there are enough attendees and if the participants want to follow the program in Dutch, we will try to form two groups, one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday. One group will follow the program in English and one group in Dutch.
In addition to the sessions, you will be encouraged to practice daily at home starting with 5-10 minutes a day and then to gradually expand this to 20-40 minutes a day.
The sessions will be given on Wednesdays from 18:00 – 20:00 at the Erasmus MC.