How Meditation Can Help You Combat Anxiety and Depression

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Mindfulness and guided meditation are known for easing anxiety and mental stress. In recent years, people have started using meditation instead of medicine to prevent health issues and cure depression. Here’s why.

Meditation has been around for hundreds of years, however, it’s not seriously until 2013 when a scientific study on the effects of meditation have been made public. The research called “Neural Correlates of Mindfulness Meditation-Related Anxiety Relief” shows specifically on how meditation affects the human brain.

Anxiety is a mental state when a person is unable to regulate emotions. Also, Mindfulness meditation helps to manage that mental state and improves human cognitive abilities to regulate emotions.

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In the 2013 study, The researchers saw what areas of the human brain, activated, during mindfulness meditations and how it prevents anxiety symptoms. Fifteen volunteers took part in the research. They had no previous meditation experience or anxiety symptoms. After four 20-minute meditation sessions, the research proved that anxiety has significantly reduced in every session. Brain imaging found anxiety reliefs affecting those areas involved with control of worrying and executive function. Now onto the specifics of different meditations.

What’s the difference between mindfulness meditation and a guided meditation?

Mindfulness meditation mainly focused on breathing and body sensations. Participants of this kind of meditation are thought to evaluate their thoughts and emotions in a non-judgmental way. Generally guided by a narrator, every mindfulness meditation is a guided meditation. However, there are several types of guided meditations.

The second most-known guided meditation is a loving-kindness meditation that specifically focused on sympathizing thoughts towards yourself and others. It’s a popular self-care technique that is great both for easing anxiety and developing well-being. In comparison to mindfulness meditation, LKM (loving-kindness meditation) is concentrated on loving energy instead of thoughts. Though this type of meditation may be harder for the beginners, as it is scientifically proven that an average person is not used to this level of receiving and giving love.

Both types of meditation generally known for changing brain structure and having dramatic mental and physical benefits.

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If you’ve always wanted to try out a meditation either to cure anxiety symptoms or relieve some stress, here are some sources for you to start:

5-Minute Meditation You Can Do Anywhere

Firstly, In just 5 minutes you can reset your day in a positive way.

7 Min Meditation to Start Your Day | Yoga With Adriene

Secondly, Use this 7 Min Meditation to set a positive intention for the course of your day.

10-Minute Meditation For Anxiety

Lastly, Take a moment and let this guided meditation relieve your anxiety.


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