Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a technique that can help your child focus and become aware of each present moment in order to calm his or her mind.
Integrative medicine specialists use several mindfulness-based stress reduction methods, including:
Mindfulness-based stress reduction helps create a greater awareness of how thoughts affect our bodies. It has been shown to reduce pain, nausea, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances. It helps children who are suffering symptoms from illness or medical treatment to better cope with pain and stress. Through this technique, your child can learn to engage in the moment and become more aware of how he or she feels right now. This helps reduce distracting thoughts from the past and anxious thinking about the future.
You can expect the following from a mindfulness-based stress reduction session at Riley at IU Health:
Your child’s mindfulness-based stress reduction session will last from 30 minutes to one hour. Your child can practice the techniques at any time for future benefit.