"I start every morning writing three things I am grateful for now, and it is so helpful." — Participant of MSU Extension's mindfulness programming
Research shows that practicing mindfulness can not only reduce stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, it may also be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes.
MSU Extension offers a variety of mindfulness and stress reduction programs to fit people’s diverse needs:
- Stress Less with Mindfulness
- Mindfulness for Parents and Caregivers
- Teaching Kids Mindful Eating
- Mindful Educators
- Begin with a Breath
- Mindful Eating
- Mindful Walking
- Be Kind to Your Mind
- Laughter is the Best Medicine
As a result of MSU Extension‘s mindfulness programming, individuals and families across the state and beyond have learned positive strategies to deal with everyday stress. Supporting emotional and social development increases their protective factors to health risks, increases their resilience, and contributes to positive overall outcomes of both families and society at large.
Who should attend?
MSU Extension's mindfulness programs are intended to benefit anyone who is:
- Dealing with everyday stress
- Dealing with anxiety, grief, depression
- Living with a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, substance use disorders
- Interested in improving healthy eating and sleeping habits
- Interested in strengthening their connection to, and self-awareness of, mind, body, heart
After attending an MSU Extension mindfulness class. . .
of people felt highly confident they could recognize behaviors that make one resilient to stress.
of people felt highly confident they understood how the brain works under stress.
of people said they understood the power of gratitude to relieve stress.