A reader of the Huffington Post asked if meditation can help them deal with anxiety and depression. Huffington Post writer, Allison Fox did some research and wrote an article in response to this reader’s question. Here is what she wrote and discovered.
Meditation can indeed help people cope with depression and anxiety. One of the ways that meditation fights these symptoms is by reducing stress. Interestingly, meditation has been shown to reduce biological markers such as stress hormones in the body when practiced over a long period of time. This shows that not only can meditation make you feel better and more relaxed, but it can also have an impact on the cellular and biological level.
Past studies done into meditation and stress, depression and anxiety have all been positive when it came to the effects of meditation. There has been an issue raised with expectancy. That is people expected to feel better and less stressful after mediation and thus reported this during the research trails.
New studies have avoided mentioning that the study is about measuring the effects of meditation or impact on stress levels and anxiety. This is to get a more accurate readings and to confirm that the benefits do indeed come from meditation and not from something else. The new studies have also confirmed what the previous studies have. Meditation reduces stress and helps people with anxiety and depression cope with their problems.
Mental health experts say that meditation can be a great additional tool to fight against depression and anxiety. When combined with therapy and medicine, it can help patients get out of their depression or overcome their mental health issues. The best part of meditation is how easy it is to do. All one needs is some spare time and a quite room or place to just think.