The everyday grind of a mental to-do list (that never seems to be completed) is all too familiar to most of us. When things begin to pile up, and that burned-out feeling rears its ugly head, it’s time to make a change for the better – by becoming more present. This is exactly what Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn aimed to accomplish when he founded and developed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) classes.
“When we don’t pace ourselves, slow down or stop to take a break for even just a quick meditation, attention and concentration decline,” says Jemme B. Stewart, Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and co-founder of Upstream. “Meditation helps increase attention and focus tremendously.”
How effective is mindfulness, you ask? Read one woman’s personal testimony on how mindfulness has helped her improve and reshape her everyday life, from The Guardian.