Research has shown that the Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program greatly enhances emotional well-being, reduces anxiety, depression and boosts happiness. It can also help you stick to and maintain healthy lifestyle choices such as diet and exercise routine.
Self-compassion is a courageous mental attitude that helps us to stand up to self-harm that we inflict on ourselves every day. This can include; over working, over reacting, over-eating and self-criticalness. Learning self-compassion is easier than you think. Each of us can choose to grow self-compassion like a plant that is carefully cultivated from a seed.
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) can be learned in an 8-week group course format, meeting once a week for 2 1/2 hours. The MSC program can provide the proper tools and supportive, safe environment in which to learn new ways that can help you flourish. Or on a one to one instructional format.
Mindfulness improves physical health in a number of ways including:
- Lowering heart rate and blood pressure
- Elevating immune system function
- Improving management of pain
- Less frequency and duration of illness
- Fighting inflammation
- Alleviating gastrointestinal difficulties and asthma
Mindfulness improves mental health
Acceptance of ‘what is’ rather than our more typical patterns of resistance and struggling endlessly for ‘what should be’ or what should have been’ lead to better mental health. Benefits can include:
- Lessening of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, substance abuse, and compulsive eating
- Ability to manage and cope more effectively with stress, change and adversity
- Increase in self-awareness, emotional regulation and emotional intelligence
- Raising mental functioning, motivation, focus and memory
- Increase in self-compassion, empathy for others and self-esteem