By Kelly Rahn

2016_12_dec_quintiles_pg38Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.

I chose a challenge that would improve my health from a Wheel of Health designed by Duke Integrative Medicine. Since the functionality of my position at QuintilesIMS is fast-paced with constant interruptions, I find the practice of staying “mindful” in the present moment has helped me focus without undue stress throughout my day.

Short visits to our onsite fitness center (QFIT) and our wellness and relaxation room, as well as learned breathing techniques, keep me focused during the day. Daily meditation each morning before work is sometimes difficult, but the key is turning your radio off and breathing deeply when feeling stressed or overwhelmed.

LESS unneeded distractions will give you MORE quality to a heathy life.


Kelly Rahn has served as a receptionist at QuintilesIMS for sixteen years. She holds a BA from University of Wisconsin and BS from the Culinary Institute of America.  Painting, cooking, swimming, walking, stretching, and meditation are some of her endeavors. Kelly promotes routine cross training to keep a mind and body balance. She can be contacted at