Living life in the balance at midlife: Lessons learned from mindfulness

Melissa H. Frisvold, Ruth Lindquist, Cynthia Peden McAlpine

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The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the perceived effects of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program on stress and quality of life of women in midlife. A total of 20 nurses, aged 45 to 55 years, who participated in a stress reduction course were contacted for interviews. A total of 9 nurses agreed to be interviewed. Content analysis was used to analyze these interviews. The five themes that emerged from the analysis were as follows: strengthening of interpersonal communication through social support, increased personal awareness through becoming more mindful and reflective, a spiritual awakening, effective ways of dealing with stress, and living life in balance by taking hold of one's life. This study increased the authors' understanding of effects/benefits, adherence, and application of MBSR techniques for women in midlife. It is concluded that MBSR may be a useful intervention for nurses in midlife to develop successful strategies for dealing with stress and to improve their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012


  • and qualitative study
  • content analysis
  • midlife women
  • mindfulness
  • quality of life
  • stress reduction

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