I don’t pretend to be able to make a long story short but I’ll do my best. I have OCD and have had it now for 20+ years. I don’t check the stove or the door lock over and over, rather I deal with intrusive thoughts; the kind that make you wish you didn’t exist at times.

I’ve battled these types of intrusive thoughts for years. A change began to take place when I started practicing mindfulness three years ago after stumbling across the Take10 series. Before mindfulness I’d approach my thoughts as something to battle and control. I would repeatedly try to knock down the thoughts and emotions that I experienced. I spent a great amount of time reasoning with them. Mindfulness changed my approach and, ultimately, my life.

I want people to know that there is hope and that mindfulness is the key to finding peace with their OCD.

Headspace is my go-to choice to learn about, practice and integrate mindfulness into my life. My quality of life has changed in ways that I never imagined that it could. Life isn’t perfect but it’s was never intended to be so.

I am deeply saddened by the tremendous suffering that millions of people endure on a daily basis because they have OCD. I want people to know that there is hope and that mindfulness is the key to finding peace with their OCD. I sometimes get frustrated because I don’t know who will listen or wants to listen to my story so that we can help more people.

I appreciate all that Headspace has done for me and the new life that’s possible because of it.

Thank you kindly.

The author of this post is an editorial contributor to Headspace. These are their views, experiences and results and theirs alone. This contributor was not paid for their writing.