Anxiety and depression are serious mental health conditions that act as obstacles to a healthy lifestyle. Ask your doctor and they may offer you some anti-depressants. But the latest studies reveal that meditation could be a superior form of depression treatment.
The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine revealed that mindfulness meditation is just as effective at treating anxiety and depression as anti-depressants. This could represent a new era of holistic treatments, as opposed to throwing pills at the problem.
This article will discuss how meditation could help treat your depression and anxiety better than medicine.
Why is Medicine a Problem?
Anti-depressants are a problem because they come with a lot of side effects. Many people struggle with sleep and many even feel worse after taking them. Nausea is a common side effect and they may take a few days to really take hold.
It’s led to many depression sufferers not taking any medication at all, and therefore, their depression continues to have a hold over them.
Another issue with anti-depressants is they don’t change who you are. They don’t address the reasons why you may have become depressed or anxious in the first place. There is nothing about this sort of medicine that enables you to build.
But meditation is different because it does put the right foundations in place.
How Mindfulness Meditation Differs
Mindfulness is all about the philosophy of living in the moment. It’s about removing the mindless chatter about the past and the future and focusing on now. Meditation can realign your mind through actively taking you out of your day-to-day life, thus negating feelings of anxiety and depression.
But meditation differs in that it sets the foundations for real change. Meditation has been shown to actively change the volume of your brain in various areas. For example, the part of the brain responsible for anxiety decreases in size following regular meditation sessions.
Not only does this not come with any side effects, but you’ll come away from your depression with a more optimistic outlook on life. This happiness and this optimism will ultimately be there for the long-term as long as you continue to meditate.
You Can Do It Anywhere
Meditation is something you can do absolutely anywhere for as long or as little as you like. You can meditate during your lunch hour at work and even on public transport. There are no limits as to where you can do it.
Ideally, you will be able to find a quiet, comfortable environment. If this isn’t possible, experienced meditators can even meditate in noisy environments without any problems. Meditation is far more flexible than medicine and it doesn’t come with the effect of putting you out of action while it takes effect. The benefits of meditation are instant.
How to Make Meditation Work for You?
- Begin by finding a quiet space. This should be free of all interruptions. Make this an electronic and person free zone.
- Sit in a comfortable position. The traditional cross-legged position isn’t necessary. You can meditate by sitting in a dining room chair, if that’s what you wish.
- Close your eyes, set a time, and simply concentrate on your breathing for the duration. It may be difficult to do this to begin with, but it gets easier with time.
If you have trouble getting into a peaceful place, there are plenty of meditation aids you can use. These may include scented candles and mood music. You have to discover what works best for you. Some people can’t meditate without the sound of waves gently crashing against the beach, for example.
You’ll discover what’s most effective over time. Even people with many years of experience are discovering new things about the process.
Making the Most of Meditation
The evidence clearly points to the fact that meditation is at least as good as anti-depressants. But the practice doesn’t come with the usual round of side effects. Furthermore, meditation is absolutely free of charge, which is always a benefit.
Making the most of meditation requires you to be open to such a treatment. Unless you go into it with a completely open mind you won’t get the results you want. The first few sessions may be difficult because you’re not used to quieting your mind.
With practice and regular sessions over an extended period of time, you will become more adept at the practice and you’ll reap far more of the benefits.
How will you begin your meditation process today?