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Stress Reduction Programs

Last Updated 1/12/2015 4:10:25 PM

Many people face difficult challenges and responsibilities that may overlap or conflict, causing stress that can affect their health. Stress can arise out of difficulties at home, in relationships, and in the workplace. El Camino Hospital offers two programs to help you manage stress. 

Heart Matters

Offered by the Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute's Cardiovascular Pulmonary Wellness Center, Heart Matters is a 12-week, interactive, small-group program that offers scientifically researched cognitive and behavioral tools for managing stress.

The curriculum is based on cognitive behavioral theory; that is, the recognition that how someone thinks about or perceives an event in one's life (stressful or not) determines not only how the person feels (emotionally and physically), but also the behavior that follows that emotional response.

Participants learn to become more aware of what they are thinking and feeling and how they are behaving, so that they are better able to take control over their thoughts and reactions to situations that they identify as stressful to them. The program instructor incorporates both cognitive tools (self-talk, belief searches and reframing) and behavioral tools (for example, focused breathing and focused muscle relaxation).

Topics that will be covered in the class include awareness, belief systems, emotions, anger and hostility, "hurry sickness" and time pressure or urgency, self esteem, stress reduction and forgiveness.

A the conclusion of the class, participants have the option of continuing with a "maintenance" class that meets monthly for 90 minutes.

Small groups meet for 12 weeks; note that participants must attend the initial session, and are not allowed to enroll or begin attending after the initial session has been held. Please call us for the intial session schedule information.

$30 per session. There is a one-time fee of $5 for the course workbook.

To get information about our initial session schedule and to register or for more detailed information, call 650-988-8241.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Mindfulness is the practice of cultivating non-judgmental awareness in day-to-day life. Mindfulness develops the potential to experience each moment, no matter how difficult or intense, with serenity and clarity. One can feel more alive and joyful and gain immediate access to powerful inner resources for healing and stress management.

This program is designed to teach mind and body awareness techniques to help live with physical or psychological symptoms due to daily stress and stress-related illnesses. It is based on the methods of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Program featured on the Bill Moyers' special, "Healing and the Mind."

Classes meet for eight sessions once a week, including one, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday class. Visit the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs web site for a complete schedule with all the class meeting dates and more information.

$300 plus $35 materials fee. Partial scholarships available for those with financial limitations.

To register or for more detailed information, call the Stress Reduction Hotline at 650-940-7000 x8745.

Classes are offered at both the Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses.