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Why You Should Learn Meditation For Anxiety And Depression

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Meditation can be an important part of healing your body and spirit, but it can also be a great way to begin to heal your mind.

Meditation is a great tool for anybody who has ever suffered from an anxiety disorder. The primary goal of meditation is to clear your mind and to be able to bring your attention to the present moment. You are meant to create an aura of peace surrounding yourself and create a safe place in your mind where you can escape if things get overwhelming, without detaching yourself from the world or your life.

Meditation And Anxiety

Generalized anxiety disorder is very common in today’s world.

Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed by the things going on around us, and seek to find comfort and control when we feel our security is being threatened. In learning to utilize meditation, you are providing yourself with a very useful tool that you can access during any situation. You will remember to breathe mindfully and keep your attention on the present moment rather than succumbing to panic attacks or hysteria.

Anxiety disorders can be complex and can manifest in many different ways. Often, anxiety can cause sleep disturbances or result in shallow and unrestful sleeping patterns. Fortunately, meditation has been proven as a way to help you to sleep more soundly. It helps you to process the stresses that you feel on a daily basis so that they are not creeping just below the surface when you finally get a chance to lay down and relax your body.

Meditation is a way to help us to train our minds. People with anxiety disorders can very much benefit from this type of training. It can be easy for our thoughts to go astray, and when this happens, it can be very confusing and even a little bit scary.
Fortunately, utilizing techniques like mindfulness meditation can help you to stay focused on the here and now, rather than following the uncertain paths that your thoughts might take, should you begin to experience anxiety. This tool is incredibly beneficial to sufferers of anxiety, and can be practiced until strengthened fully.

Whether or not you suffer consistently from anxiety or it only creeps up on you once in a while, learning how to practice mindfulness meditations is incredibly useful. A good way to begin is to simply close your eyes for a moment and focus on your breathing. What does your body feel like as you breathe? How quickly are you inhaling your breaths? What do you hear around you? What do you smell?

By taking your attention away from the thoughts that are causing your anxiety and focusing on the current world around you, you can begin to stay in the present moment and interrupt the disruptive neural pathways that are causing so much more harm than good. This way, you may find yourself much better equipped to handle the stresses of daily life without suffering from as much anxiety as you may have before.
Anxiety can be a very disruptive presence in your life, but in learning to practice mindfulness meditation, it can be a force easily reckoned with merely using the power of your own mind!

Meditation And Depression

When you are depressed, the brain is generally having some chemical issues. For example, our
neurotransmitters are lacking in the good vibes; namely serotonin and norepinephrine.

A lot of people rely on antidepressants to get the job done and get those neurotransmitters working again, however, time and again studies have shown that many antidepressants, particularly SSRIs, can be dangerous and actually cause worse problems than they are trying to treat.

Fortunately, other studies have also found that meditation is a natural way to get those neurotransmitters working again. By utilizing the power of meditation, our brains are able to naturally produce more of the feel good neurotransmitters so that we are better able to prevent and manage depression symptoms naturally.

Another great benefit of utilizing meditation as an antidepressant rather than using pills is that meditation is a fix that can last a lifetime, while with pills, there is always a risk that you will develop a dependency and find it difficult to survive without them. Some antidepressants can be so dangerous that trying to get yourself off of them can even cause you to feel suicidal. Missing a day of meditation, however, will likely not have that effect.

Meditation is a tool that we can always keep in our back pocket for when times get tough. If we practice it often enough, it can help our minds to stay balanced and prevent us from having reactive emotional outbursts or other unwanted or extreme reactions to outside stimulus. We can better manage our emotions by looking more objectively at problems. Meditation helps us to have a more balanced approach to stressful situations, which overall can be a huge boon to anybody who is prone to depression or already suffering from it.

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There are so many incredible benefits to meditation. The fact that it can actually produce the chemicals in our brains that are lacking when we suffer from depression seems like a strong indication that we were meant to take time out of our day to reflect and seek out the solitude in our lives. Most of us have an unhealthy tendency to fixate on the negativity; another fun aspect of the brain called the negativity bias. But with meditation, we are better able to see the world with just enough objectivity to remain
positive and continue working toward our goals.

This sense of motivation is crucial to people with depression. It can make all the difference between
someone who is struggling to get out of bed in the morning and someone who is ready to tackle the next project and move their lives in the direction they want. If you are someone who has ever struggled
with depression, considering meditation as a way to help keep your brain regulated is a great option. Finding a peaceful place can help you in more ways than you could count, so give it a try today! 

What Is The Best Type Of Meditation?

The general consensus over the years is that meditation is a great thing. It has served human kind for
thousands of years and continues to be a very important resource to those who utilize it in their lives.

What many people don’t realize is that there are several different types of meditation and that each
one of them can help you in different ways. Sticking to the type of meditation that works best for you can be important, but ultimately it can also be limiting.

Guided meditation is a great way for anyone who has never meditated before to get the hang of it and learn more about how it works. It can give you something to think about and focus on while you get the hang of meditating. And if you find that you are having a very difficult time in getting out of your negative head space, listening to a guided meditation can be a great distraction.

Guided meditations can also be used to help you focus your mind on important things and specific goals and objectives that are meaningful to you. There are hundreds upon hundreds of guided meditations with specific goals in mind. If, for example, you wanted a meditation session to help you get the most out of your diet or work routine, you could probably search online and immediately find guided meditations that are tailored to that specific goal.

However, there are some negative aspects to becoming dependent on guided meditations.

When meditation was first introduced, it was generally considered a way to do important inner work. Something that was best done alone. If you find it impossible to meditate without the help of someone else, then what is the point? You are losing out on important opportunities to look deeply inward and learn how to gain insight into yourself without the help of someone else.

Meditation is generally a personal thing. It is an act most effectively mastered on your own. If you find yourself struggling to clear your mind and find a safe, peaceful place in your head without the help of someone else, you are missing out on one of meditation’s greatest benefits. The chance to sit alone in deep, silent reflection and get intimately connected with yourself, good and bad. And learning how to carve out a safe and sacred space where you can begin to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after dealing with a very draining world or situation.

Ultimately, no matter what type of meditation you are most comfortable with, you can find value and introspection in it. Your thoughts and experiences are your own, and becoming more self aware can happen with or without a guided meditation. The best approach is to do what feels best to you, while
still working on being able to access a safe and calm state of mind no matter where you’re at or whether or not you have a guided meditation to help you.

But… I Have No Time To Meditate…

Many people operate on the assumption that if you do a lot of something, it is going to be better for you than if you do a little of something. Of course, this mentality is rarely applied to the foods we eat, but generally we have the idea that bigger is better in a lot of cases.

However, when it comes to the consistency of meditation, this is not necessarily the case. People who believe that meditating for a long time but infrequently may ultimately be missing out on the benefits of those who meditate consistently but for shorter amounts of time.

While all meditation can be beneficial, consistent practice tends to have the most long term effects. Even if you only meditate for five minutes daily, it can have more lasting effects than a twenty minute session every week. The chemicals that meditation encourages in our minds are more effective when they are produced regularly, such as the gamma waves that promote neuroplasticity.

Longer meditations do have their benefits, however, if you want to create lasting change in your life
through meditation, it is better to be consistent with it. In fact, taking just a few moments out of your day to clear your mind is bound to make it easier for you to obtain the same level of calm during
stressful situations, many of which may require you to have a split second to make a reactive choice versus an objective point of view that prevents the situation from escalating to unhealthy levels.

A lot of people might be discouraged by meditation because they have only ever heard of guided meditations that can last anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour, or Zen meditations where you are meant to repeat mantras for several minutes at a time. But there are several different ways to meditate, many of which can be done in just a few minutes. And it is very important to be able to create a space of peace in your mind that you can visit at a moment’s notice.

It doesn’t take hours of daily meditation to get to a place where it begins to benefit your brain and body without a conscious effort. Inf act, a simple exercise of meditating ten minutes per day is all it really takes to see some really tremendous results. Once meditation has become a consistent practice, we will have trained our brains to be more objective and flexible so that we can find the harmony in almost any situation without reacting in a way that causes more harm than good.

Constant meditation helps us to remain adaptable and objective, while also giving us the security of knowing that we have a peaceful place to fall back on should we need it throughout the day. When we are tested emotionally or mentally, meditation helps us to cope with these obstacles and stay balanced,
whether we meditate for an hour a day or ten minutes!

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  1. Robert Robert

    I have never been someone who has meditated but recently I tried a simple breathing technique called the 4-7-8 and have seen great results from “consistently” doing it every day and night. I do not believe in taking any kind of pharmaceutical medications and have always had greater success using food, sleep and vitamin supplements. Meditation instead of medication is my next step to overall wellness and the information you have shared here will be helpful. Thank you.

  2. Marketa Marketa

    Hi there and thanks for your informative and timely article

    Meditation is certainly a very effective way for those with anxiety to find peace within themselves. Anxiety, by definition is the inability to control anxious feelings and behaviour so meditation, which demands one to be at peace is a very effective measure to control those feelings. 

    Lately, there has been a movement within schools and some workplaces to practice mindfulness which although not meditation perse, do require a calm state of mind and awareness of one’s surroundings.

  3. uechchi uechchi

    Meditation is an approach to assist us with training our brains. Individuals with tension issue can particularly profit by this kind of preparing. It tends to be simple for our contemplations to go off to some far away place, and when this occurs, it very well may be confounding and even somewhat startling.

  4. Henderson Henderson

    This is a very good post with so much information on what one should learn about anxiety and depression. This post comes at a Tim when depression is literally rocking the world and people need a way to Dela with it. I have heard about how meditation can help with stress but I didn’t know that it can go as far as helping with depression too. I would love to try it but is yoga great for depression too?

    • AnxietyPanda AnxietyPanda

      Hi there, thank you for taking the time to comment. Yes, yoga can be great for depression too. Kundalini Yoga offers you a wonderful balance between meditation and yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose and only to gain! Go for it 🙂 

  5. Benson Benson

    Without doubt, anxiety and depression is taking part in the life of so many people because they are faced with so many challenges that weigh them down too much. Personally, making use of antidepressants isn’t something I we not doing and so, some other means are very much appreciated by me. Meditation is very simple and all that is required is the ability to concentrate. I would love to cultivate the habit of meditation as well. How easy can it be for a hyperactive person?

    • AnxietyPanda AnxietyPanda

      Hi Benson, thanks for the comment!

      You will find that meditation will be extremely beneficial for you if you are hyperactive.

      I found this article for you – hope it will shed some more light for your 🙂

  6. Rodarrick Rodarrick

    Meditation is the goal of every other thing and can serve as the calm in all situations. Really interesting to see here is the way it has been presented and I must confess that I found this very worthwhile and interesting to read up here. Learning meditation would open our ni d and make it a lot more developed than it is at the moment and thereby, make development very possible on our path. Thanks

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