What is mindfulness? For people who are not familiar with it, the word mindfulness sounds vague and obscure; perhaps not something we would usually associate with health care. Why? Because when we hear the word “health”, we often think about body or physical health and we often disregard the mind.

But there is no health without mental health. The mind is one of the most important aspects of our health. The mind has a very strong influence on the state of our body. According to research for example, we are twice as likely to contract a cold when our minds are stressed. Stress weakens our immune system and affects our sensitivity to certain hormones which can exacerbate our symptoms and make the cold worse.

If we want to take care of our health, it is essential that we also take care of our mind and this is where mindfulness comes in.

One functional definition of Mindfulness is, it is the ability to know what’s happening in your head at a given moment without being carried away by it (Dan Harris, 2014). It helps a person to develop good coping skills and makes us more resilient to stress-inducing stimuli. It is a practice and a discipline adopted by numerous companies from different fields of work like Starbucks, Google, Intel, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Facebook, etc. and it has research- proven benefits like improved productivity, stress reduction, boosts in working memory, less emotional reactivity and more cognitive flexibility.

FriendlyCare has now included mindfulness-based programs in its repertoire of affordable quality health services.

The Mindfulness-Based Wellness for Stress Reduction (MWSR) in the workplace is a program by FriendlyCare and developed in collaboration with The Centre for Mindfulness Studies (CMS) from Toronto, Canada, designed to suit the needs of the working class.

CMS led by Executive Director Tita Angcangco and Faculty Director Dr. Patricia Rockman have trained FriendlyCare facilitators and equipped them with the skills necessary to hold mindfulness-based workshops for holistic health.

The MWSR program offered by FriendlyCare is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a group-based, drug-free, portable 4-week workshop that comes with one 3-hour learning session each week.

In the four-week workshop, the participants will learn how to develop life skills including self-awareness, focused attention, conscious choices to respond versus react, emotional regulation, and mindful observing, that ultimately result to compassion, wisdom, empathy, resilience, and taking care of self and others.

A meditation exercise where participants learn how to cope with stress and their wandering minds during a workshop conducted by FriendlyCare.
A meditation exercise facilitated by FriendlyCare in a session of Mindfulness-Based Wellness for Stress Reduction

FriendlyCare’s MWSR program is facilitated in an experiential manner, which means that participants learn not merely through lectures but rather learning by doing. It guides participants in integrating mindfulness into their everyday lives and enables them to have a mindful habit.

To cope with constant stressful situations through Mindfulness-Based program, you can contact us  at 722-5205, or email mindfulness@friendlycare.com.ph.

You may also visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mindfulness.friendlycare/