Stress can take a serious toll on your physical, mental and emotional health. MSU Extension's mindfulness programs can help you manage your stress and live a better, healthier life.

"I start every morning writing three things I am grateful for now, and it is so helpful." ⁠— Participant of MSU Extension's mindfulness programming

Why mindfulness?

Research shows that practicing mindfulness can not only reducstress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, it may also be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes.  A woman sits against a tree peacefully with her eyes closed.

MSU Extension offers a variety of mindfulness and stress reduction programs to fit people’s diverse needs: 

Mindfulness for Better Living Series (online and in-person)

Mindfulness for Better Living One-Time Workshops (1 to 1.5 hours each, online and in-person)

  • Brief Practices in Mindfulness
  • Building Resilience to Avoid Burnout
  • Changing Negative Self-Talk to Positive Self-Talk
  • Mindfulness in the Workplace
  • Begin with a Breath
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Walking
  • Be Kind to Your Mind
  • Laughter is the Best Medicine
  • Maintaining Health During Challenging Times
  • Caring for the Caregiver
  • The Importance of Adult Sibling Relationships and Your Caregiver Journey
  • RELAX: Alternatives to Anger for Parents and Caregivers
  • Mindfulness for Children: Teaching Kids Mindfulness
  • Teaching Kids Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Educators
  • Mindfully Feeding Infants and Toddlers

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.