It's natural in January to take inventory of our life situations and evaluate for areas of improvement. The New Year is a great time for introspection and an opportunity for personal growth. Whether you want to improve your physical health, your relationships, or make other changes to your life, consider incorporating a mindfulness practice. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Mindfulness can help give back some of what is taken away by the over-scheduled and technology filled world we live in today. There is growing evidence for MBSR as a treatment modality for overall wellness as well as helping with conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic pain, anxiety/depression, and autoimmune disease. MBSR is best taken as an in person course by a trained professional. Often this means having to travel to take a course and unfortunately this is not always an option for everyone. While I believe that a traditional MBSR is the BEST option, there is an online MBSR course that is free and available to anyone. I had some exposure to MBSR during my fellowship, and a full course is still on my list...but for right now I'm doing the online one!