Do you feel that things are sometimes too much? Are you suffering from stress symptoms, rumination, sleeping problems or depression? Or are you simply looking for a little bit of rest and balance in your hectic life?
Then try our 8-week mindfulness training (MBSR) in the Mindfulness Center Haarlem.
Twice a year we offer an English spoken Mindfulness course.
What is Mindfulness (MBSR)?
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a specific skills training which is scientifically proven to be effective and efficient for stress and pain relief. It is based on the original concept of MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, which he launched at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1979. Since that time, thousands of studies have documented the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness in general and MBSR in particular, inspiring countless programs to adapt the MBSR model for schools, prisons, hospitals, veterans centers, and beyond.
How does Mindfulness work?
A human being has 50,000 till 80,000 thoughts a day. However 90 % of our behaviour is impacted by our unconscious mind, such as thoughts, values, opinions, fears, drivers etc.
By creating a higher awareness we are able identifying pieces of our unconscious mind. With the help of mindfulness and mediation we can develop new skills and the ability uncovering own behavioral patterns.
This means we can for example be easier aware of our own physical situation and needs and therefore respect our boundaries. But also we can identify critical (stress)moments and interrupt stress cycles before they get out control.
You also learn to pay attention consciously on the present moment: with the training all thoughts or memories about the past or future plans are released.The result is that you experience high attention on everything that is happening at that particular moment.
So, you can be fully present while playing with your children, or listen to singing birds when you step out the door in the morning.
Results of the 8- week training cycle
With this training you can create a higher degree of awareness and increase self-confidence. You also learn to de-stress, releasing more energy and zest for life.
Some of the benefits include:
- Better coping with stress
- More focused, higher concentration
- Better dealing with tension, restlessness and rumination.
- Improve complex problem-solving and decision-making
- Enhanced leadership
- Better mood regulation
- Enhancement of immune system / overall healthier due to stress management
- Higher consciousness in daily life
- Better life-balance and generally more happiness
Why does it takes 8 weeks training to get there?
With any training you need to build up new skills. At the beginning we start with getting familiar with the available tools within your own brain-body-system and start training them.
As soon you have reached a specific level we move on and tackle more challenging topics. At the end we focus on the implementation and how to maintain those new skills for the future.
How much time do I need to invest?
Besides the 8 lessons, you generally need to invest 45 minutes training on a daily basis. The trainers will also provide you with small homework exercises to gather more insights on your own way of thinking and managing stressful situations.
How does the group training work?
We work in small groups with a maximum of 8 participants. From our experience this guarantees high quality for every participant as well as the necessary customized approach within a group.
The weekly sessions are 2,5 hours long. During his time we work with various meditation techniques, group exchanges as well as theoretical background and studies.
The most effective part within this format is the aspect of “learning from each other”. You will be surprised how much we struggle with similar issues, although we all have a completely different history and background.
Why do I have to do meditation?
We use various meditation techniques to train your brain and your awareness in a specific way. Generally the techniques are experienced as an extremely high concentration training at first. Relaxation at the beginning is actually more of a side-effect.
The longer you train the more you will be able to maintain the benefits and most participants experience more and more relaxation in the long term, even during short exercises or meditation sessions.
Don’t worry we have many practical awareness exercises you can use during your daily tasks and work- even during the busiest times of your day.
Who can join Mindfulness?
The answer is simple - everyone can find something value with this technique, but especially for people who want to live their lives in a different way, and to become more aware of who you are. Mindfulness provides a "different and new" way of looking at yourself but also the rest of the world. You learn, for example, to become less judgemental, less hard on yourself and more aware of your surroundings.
Reimbursement by health insurances or your employer
Check with your health insurance or employer for reimbursment. Many organisation are willing for taking over costs. The trainer of this English spoken training is a certified trainer, member of the VMBN, categoy 1.
This is the highest certification and several health insurances partially or fully cover the trainings fee, depending on your supplemental contract agreements. On this Dutch website Zorgwijzer.nl
you can find an overview which health insurances cover costs.