by Bill Nguyen
Meditation, extant in a variety of forms, is gaining prominence within the behavioral health community as a means of reducing stress and anxiety. As such, incorporating meditation into daily life may prove beneficial to one’s mental wellbeing and happiness. Provided in this article are notable facts and resources concerning meditation and its practical effects.
Notable Facts About Meditation
Meditation can help to reduce stress and anxiety. A 2014 study from the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that mindful meditation programs over an 8-week period showed evidence pointing to a reduction in stress and anxiety. In addition, meditation has been known to improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia.
Meditation can help with a broad range of mental disorders. Mental Health America attributes meditation to reduced symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Meditation can also promote emotional health. A 2014 and 2015 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that mindful meditation led to a decrease in depression in over 4,600 adults. Furthermore, a 2003 study conducted by Psychosomatic Medicine indicated that meditation led to positive changes in the brain where positive thinking and optimism is processed.
Meditation can combat age-related memory loss. A 2015 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information linked Kirtan Kriya, a Kundalini meditation technique, with improvement in the memory of people with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Contact your physician or mental health provider for information on how to implement meditation into your treatment plan. Do not go off prescribed medication without first consulting your physician.