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Benefits of Meditation for Mental Health

Meditation is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to promote physical and mental well-being; it is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. In recent years, it has been gaining popularity as a way to improve mental health and reduce stress, anxiety and depression.

One of the key benefits of meditation for mental health is that it can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Stress is a major contributor to many mental health conditions, and meditation can help to reduce the negative effects of stress by calming the mind and promoting a sense of peace and relaxation. Additionally, meditation can also help to improve mood and reduce feelings of depression by promoting feelings of joy, contentment, and well-being.

Benefits of Meditation

  • Improve focus, attention and concentration: By training the mind to focus on a single point, such as the breath, meditation can help to improve attention and focus, which can be beneficial for those with attention-deficit disorder and other attention-related conditions.
  • Improving sleep quality: Poor sleep is a common problem for many people, and meditation can help to improve sleep quality by calming the mind and reducing stress and anxiety levels.
  • Improve overall cognitive function including memory and intelligence: By promoting a sense of calm and clarity, meditation can also help to increase creativity, focus and well-being.
  • Buildings new skills to manage stress
  • Lowering resting heart rate and resting blood pressure
  • Increasing self-awareness and reducing negative emotions
It’s also worth noting that meditation practice is something that can easily be incorporated into daily routine, no matter how busy the schedule. It can be done while seated, in a comfortable position, and with little to no equipment.

Meditation Resources

There are many resources available to help individuals get started with meditation. Some popular options include:

  • Headspace: an app that offers guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, as well as tips and advice on how to develop a regular meditation practice
  • Calm: an app that offers guided meditations, sleep stories, and nature sounds to help promote relaxation and sleep
  • Insight Timer: an app that offers a wide variety of guided meditations and music tracks, as well as a social community to connect with other meditators
  • Local Yoga and Meditation centres, Community centres, and religious organizations may also offer classes and groups for meditation practice.
It’s important to note that meditation practice is not a substitute for professional help, if you have severe mental health issue you may want to consult a therapist or a physician for more information and support. Overall, meditation is a powerful tool for improving mental health and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. With the variety of resources available, it’s easy to find a style of meditation that works best for you and fit it into your daily routine.

References:

Mayo Clinic: Meditation: A simple, fast way to reduce stress

Written by: Liza AL-Nakash, HBSC, Neuroscience Specialist

Edited by: Monique Lucas, M.A., RP, Clinical Supervisor, Individual, Couple and Family Therapist

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