VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
What is MBSR?
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to teach a skill called mindfulness. MBSR teaches people practices they can use over the course of their life to reduce stress and promote health and wellness. Mindfulness is a term that refers to non-judgmental, present moment attention. With original roots based in Eastern traditions, the introduction of MBSR to allopathic medicine in the United States first occurred in 1979, when Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn founded the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. There are over 250 hospitals nationwide offering stress reduction programs based on mindfulness.
Benefits of MBSR include:
- Improved quality of life (school, job)
- Reduced tension, fear, frustration
- Better coping with life stressors
- Improved sleep
- Possible reduced need for pain medications
Reduced risk of relapse of depression
If you are interested in learning more about the program at either Seattle and American Lake, please contact the MBSR Coordinator at (206) 277-1721
- VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Hours of Operation
- Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:30pm