Many people rush through the day with only a vague recollection of what breakfast or lunch tasted like, and the daily commute, work projects and meetings are just a blur. The result: stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. But you don’t need to feel powerless. Practicing mindfulness can help.
“Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are experiencing right now with genuine interest and a willingness to accept that experience,” said Kaveri S. Patel, D.O., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “The health benefits are many. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and provides us with a sense of well-being and the ability to notice the joyful moments in life. It also helps us relate to each other from a kinder place, making work a more positive experience and giving us tools to better cope with challenges.”