Taking a breath

MSU Extension offers ‘Stressless with Mindfulness’ program for seniors, adults, teens

A silhouetted figure enjoys a peaceful moment on the beach at sunset. Michigan State University Extension will be offering a program to help seniors, adults and teens limit their stress through mindfulness and other practices. The program will run June 1-5. (Public domain image)

MARQUETTE — Michigan State University Extension will be offering a program to help seniors, adults and teens limit stress through mindfulness concepts and practices to reduce stress and related symptoms.The five-class series titled “Online Stressless With Mindfulness” begins at 3:30 p.m. each day from Monday through June 5 via Zoom video conferencing.

MSU Extension Educator Breanne Carlson said this program is a way to limit stress for all and everyone can benefit from tuning in.

“Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention in a particular way: On purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally,” she said. “And research has shown that practicing mindfulness is effective in reducing stress-related symptoms such as worry, depression and physical tension, and may be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as cardiac disease and diabetes. So this class offers teens, adults, and seniors alternative ways of relating to everyday life experiences, including thoughts, emotions, physical sensations and events. Stress Less with Mindfulness teaches and encourages the use of mindfulness self-care skills to help one feel better and enjoy life more.”

Topics that will be covered include:

“Begin with the Breath”

A poster for the upcoming series of classes is shown. (Image courtesy of MSU Extension)

“Mindful Eating”

“Mindful Walking and Thought Surfing”

“Be Kind to Your Mind”

“Laughter is Good Medicine.”

Carlson encourages all to register and noted these classes are most beneficial when participants join the full experience of the course.

To register for the program, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/StresslesswithMindfulness6120/.

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