Stress happens! The response is yours. 

Join our upcoming course in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and learn how to better manage stress.

What’s your relationship with stress today?

If you’re like most people, stress is a part of your daily life. Between family, work, finances, and—now—the global pandemic, it’s not a question of if you’ll encounter a stressful situation, but when. Stress is perfectly normal, even if we’d rather do without it! How you respond to stress is up to you. Which of the following responses best characterizes your own relationship with stress?

Make the most of “my now”

To get there, we use a simple acronym that our students find quite useful: MY NOW.

Healthy coping mechanisms

  • A series of deep breaths
  • Walking or bike riding
  • Getting enough sleep, nutrition, and exercise
  • Listening to music or reading
  • Going on a weekend trip or vacation
  • Asking for help, talk to someone

Maladaptive coping mechanisms

  • Getting angry and blaming others
  • “Doomscrolling” social media or spending too much time on your phone
  • Watching too much television
  • Eating unhealthy foods
  • Drinking alcohol or using other drugs

The consequences of an unhealthy relationship with stress

The problem is, most people lack the framework and tools not only to understand their relationship with stress, but to successfully deal with it on a day to day basis. As we see time and time again in the medical field, an unhealthy relationship with stress can have serious consequences, such as:

  • Burnout
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Physical illness
  • Poor relationships
  • Low productivity

MBSR: How to develop a healthier response to stress

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a set of principles and techniques designed to empower you to respond in healthier ways to stress and other challenges, such as chronic illness. While learning MBSR, you’ll reconnect with and strengthen your innate ability to pay attention to the present moment and see what unfolds—including your own behavior.

Say it with us, “Today is your greatest gift”

At its core, MBSR is about today, your NOW. If we can find ways to stay centered and avoid jumping to conclusions, or letting our minds wander and race toward the worst case scenario, we’re already putting stress at a disadvantage. That’s the power of an approach based on the belief that today is your greatest gift.

Join our transformative MBSR course

Next session begins on September 19th, 2021 . If you’re ready to find a new approach to stress and chronic illness, we invite you to join our transformative course in MBSR. This course is led by two physicians with deep experience both as medical professionals and MBSR instructors.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction is an evidence-based course that encompasses practical and experiential methods, alongside group support, to be present, in control, and more capable of handling stress in healthy ways.

The tremendous benefits of MBSR

A more mindful approach to stress can lead to considerable physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.

  • Good for your brain. MBSR has been shown to improve neuroplasticity and gray matter in sites of empathy and compassion.
  • Creates positive cognitive states that lead to improved meta-cognition and perceived control (vs. remaining fixated on perceived threats)
  • Creates positive arousal including the activation of the vagus nerve, which is responsible for human resting and digesting of the parasympathetic nervous system, which overall is good for your health.
  • Can be helpful for people with chronic conditions or illness, such as asthma and COPD, pain, cancer, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, addiction, depression, anxiety, and insomnia, with over 9000 articles published in the medical literature on the use of mindfulness.
  • Increases wellbeing by improving self-compassion, self-care, and empathy, while reducing perceived stress, emotional distress, anxiety and depression.

Want to attend but can’t afford it? Sliding registration is available!

Our mission is to make MBSR accessible to everyone. One of our goals is to support members of marginalized groups such as people of color, queer people, and those with disabilities as well as those in financial need. Please pay the highest tier if you are able to afford it.

Meet your instructor

Ni-Cheng Liang, MD

Ni-Cheng Liang, MD

Dr. Ni-Cheng Liang has dedicated her career to helping people get better. Dr. Liang specializes in pulmonary medicine, mindfulness teaching, physician wellness, and integrative medicine. 

  • Recognized as a one of the 10 Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement 2021 by Mindful magazine
  • Board-certified Pulmonologist and the Director of Pulmonary Integrative Medicine at Coastal Pulmonary Associates affiliated with the Scripps Health Network in San Diego
  • Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine volunteering for the Medical Student-Run Free Clinic for uninsured patients.
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
  • San Diego Top Doctor in 2017 and 2019.
  • 2019 American Lung Association San Diego Lung Health Provider of the Year.

“As a wife and mother of two, cancer survivor, pulmonary physician, and mindfulness teacher, I strive to elevate health and wellness for myself and for those around me. My patients and peers, friends, family, colleagues, and community members—that’s what my career in medicine is all about.”

Karin Schiff, MD

Karin Schiff, MD
Dr. Karin Schiff is the Director of Clinician Wellness at Neighborhood Healthcare, a non-profit community health center in San Diego, California. She also leads the Division of Mindfulness in Medicine for the Institute for Physician Wellness. She grew up in Montreal, Canada, where she attended McGill University Medical School. Dr. Schiff completed her Family Medicine Residency at University of California, San Diego in 2004, serving as Chief Resident. After residency she started practicing primary care at Neighborhood, providing high quality care to low-income patients of all ages. At Neighborhood, she held several leadership roles including Clinical Team Leader, Medical Director of Quality, and currently addressing clinician wellness and burnout. After struggling with personal burnout she discovered the benefits of mindfulness.
Dr. Schiff is a Facilitator of Mindful Practice®, a program developed at the University of Rochester that aims to improve the quality of care that doctors provide while improving their own resilience and well-being. Dr. Schiff is a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), trained through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. Dr. Schiff facilitates small and large group wellness activities for audiences of all kinds.  She is committed to improving the lives of her patients, co-workers, colleagues, and others who want to live their best lives. Dr. Schiff lives in San Diego with her husband and 2 sons.

Don’t miss this life-changing opportunity

Stress is an inevitable part of life. How you respond makes all the difference. Register for our course in MBSR and give yourself the gift of here and now. Learn practical steps you can take to reduce stress and be more present from two mindfulness-trained medical professionals.

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I must share since I’ve been doing my meditation and self love, I have been filled with joy and bliss. I do not have asthma attacks as severe. I can breathe so much better. “The fear is gone “ of the unknown.  I live in the now, so I take it one step at a time.

Dr Liang, you’ve been an inspiration to me. Thank you!

-Former patient and MBSR participant 

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