Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) aims to address prolonged periods of stress which can lead to poor mental and physical health.

It can be helpful as a single treatment to manage stress in individuals who do not experience mental ill health, as well as a joint intervention with other treatments for people who have symptoms of anxiety.

The approach incorporates different techniques including meditation, gentle yoga and mind-body exercise. It's been developed and studied since the 1970s for its impact on mental health and a 58% reduction in anxiety levels and 40% reduction in stress.

Research into individuals with 'problematic' levels of stress found significant improvement in perceived levels of stress over the course. The findings of this research were consistent with other studies showing that changes in mindfulness 'precede changes in perceived stress'.