Panic in the Streets

I Took a Mindfulness Class and It Was Everything

Calmer. Clearer. More grounded. That was me after an eight-week class in mindfulness-based stress reduction—and it can be you, too.

Instructor leading a mindfulness class in a meditation exercise

    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction background: Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society. UMass Medical School. (n.d.) “History of MBSR.”

    Studies on mindfulness: PLoS One. (2018). “Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on Employee’s Mental Health.”

    Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. (2013). “Randomized Controlled Trial of Mindfulness Meditation for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Effects on Anxiety and Stress Reactivity.”

    Journal of Clinical Psychology. (2012). “Association of Participation in a Mindfulness Program With Measures of PTSD, Depression, and Quality of Life in a Veteran Sample.”

    Eddie McNamara

    Eddie McNamara


    Eddie McNamara is a 9/11 first-responder and former cop turned vegetarian chef and author. He's been living with panic disorder and PTSD for 17 years, and he'll be sharing his experiences, thoughts, and seriously hard-won advice every month. Check out all his columns for "Panic in the Streets."