How Meditation Is Beneficial For Overcoming Depression and Anxiety
This is a guest post by Amardeep Sudadar from Re-Reality.
In order to understand how meditation can be beneficial for overcoming depression and anxiety, we must first look at the two conditions in depth. It is common knowledge that depression is a serious emotional condition characterized by feelings of sadness, discouragement, and loneliness. Anxiety is also a very serious emotional state characterized by excessive worry and fear that typically leads to overactive reaction, worry, and overthinking.
Although both of these conditions are extremely serious, and it has been proven that there is a connection between the way the body and mind respond to situations. Although there is a great deal of evidence that supports this fact, there are also many people who don’t believe in the importance of these psychological illnesses and think that they are nothing more than “tired or boring.”
These people ignore the fact that many cases of mental illnesses are caused by emotional reactions that occur when one is in an emotionally charged situation. Meditation has been shown to bring about dramatic changes in behavior, and to heal physical ailments. If you doubt the effectiveness of meditation, try it for yourself.
While you are meditating, take some time to concentrate on taking some deep breaths. Take in as much air as you can, but just hold it until you feel that your chest is starting to fill with air.
Breathe out slowly and steadily. Then breathe in again for a few seconds, then release all of the air you took in.
The effect of this technique will have the body responding in such a way that it naturally releases tension. Just as the body releases tension when it is relaxed, the mind releases tension when it is being stimulated.
When your inner mind is relaxed, it will be more receptive to suggestion. One way that meditation is able to do this is by allowing your body to relax. Although relaxation is a good thing, this relaxing body state needs to be accompanied by a relaxation in the mind.
When you meditate, your body will start to perspire. When you are deeply relaxed, the perspiration increases, and the ability to handle stress decreases. When you are able to calm your mind, it becomes easier to avoid the emotional side effects of stress.
Some people make the mistake of thinking that meditation will calm their bodies, but it doesn’t. It will only calm their minds and help them deal with difficult situations.
Our brain chemistry changes when we are under stress. If your brain chemistry is relatively normal, it won’t affect your behavior.
At the time when you’re in stress, there are some stress hormones that are released into the body, and the brain sends these hormones into your nervous system. When you meditate and it combines the release of these hormones with deep breathing, you will feel the effect of relaxation.
Steps to Overcome With the Help of Meditation
The best way to overcome depression and anxiety is to stop worrying about things. Most people find that worrying just adds stress to their lives. It will cause them to worry about how they are going to get through a day or how they are going to deal with something that they have no control over.
When you start to worry, the best thing to do is to forget about it. This may sound easy, but it can be very difficult. People are afraid to stop worrying and they usually just need a little encouragement.
The next few steps to overcome with the help of meditation are based on relaxation techniques. They will get your mind to relax, which will prevent you from worrying. You will then be able to control your thoughts and be more confident when dealing with anxiety.
Meditation is a good way to control your mind. You can find different types of meditation, which work in different ways. It’s best to do some research on what type of meditation is right for you. You can learn more about it by reading a book or watching a video.
The first step to overcome with the help of meditation is to set up your own meditation area in your home. Find a quiet place where you can quiet your mind for a while. You can also find self-hypnosis CDs that will help you relax during this time.
Meditation requires focus. You will want to learn how to focus on something specific. You want to be able to focus on your breathing and on your body movements. You can use a timer to tell you how long you need to concentrate on one thing.
Once you have the focus in place, it’s time to relax. Relaxation techniques are easy to learn. You can learn how to relax by listening to relaxing music, taking deep breaths, and using visualization techniques.
It’s a good idea to make it a habit of doing meditation before you go to bed each night. This way, you will have the ability to relax at night and help yourself to sleep. You will not only reduce your levels of anxiety, but also to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Anxiety is something that is not only hard to control, but can also be crippling. It can be paralyzing to the point that you will be unable to think of anything else. When you learn how to relax, you can find that you have more self-confidence. Then you can get past the crippling feelings that you have and move on with your life.
Depression and anxiety are tough to live with. That is why there are so many ways to deal with them. You should not be afraid to learn something new because if you find that you have a problem, you will be able to use something that others may have never heard of to help you get past depression and anxiety.
Featured image is ‘Fear Running’, by George Ian Bowles
Hi, I’m Olivier Devroede and I have been meditating seriously since 2009.
Due to the great benefits I have seen in meditating, I decided to become an MBSR trainer myself and start a blog.