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Western medicine has adopted and has been using mindfulness treatments for at least over a decade, as early as the 1990s. The public has little awareness of what meditation or mindfulness actually is, even though today’s mental health treatment continues its usage. Even with today’s treatment in therapies, the practice of holistic health continues to grow.

Meditation practices are largely the practice and discipline of sitting still for periods of time. While training your brain to give attention to specific objects or goals, or sometimes purposefully not, and trying to just clear your mind entirely. This helps to train the brain to improve well-being, which in result increases happiness in everyday life.

How Meditation Affects Mental Health 

Negative cycles which combine physical symptoms and behaviors are the result type of mental health problems.

A physical problem, such as poor serotonin production or rapid serotonin uptake can result in a person feeling bad. That can mean them feeling down, depressed, anxious, tired, or even upset. This all can lead to changes in behavior. Those behavior patterns, over time, which are usually all negative, can contribute to worsening serotonin production. This results in worsening of the mental health disorder.

The combination of physical problems contributes to behavioral problems, which then can lead to even more physical problems are why the majority of most mental health treatments include a combination of treatments. Typically at minimum, these treatments consist of a cognitive behavioral therapy first along with a medication therapy secondary.

Behavioral Therapy and medication should never be replaced with meditation, although it can still put forth a positive effect in mental health treatment.

A study from Cambridge and Harvard University showed that the average person spends 46.9% of the time with their mind wandering about stressful information. This shows that most of us spend a significant amount of time overthinking and worrying about the future or the past. This can potentially be worse for someone who suffers from depression or anxiety.

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Meditation actively reduces cortisol levels in the body. It physically relieves feelings of stress. There have been studies shown to prove this, especially on meditations that are centered around mindfulness. Long-term practitioners witness other benefits, such as a reduction in body temperature, lowered brain activity, and lowered blood pressure, after the session is over.

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Those who suffer from anxiety and depression have a great focus on negative, worrying, and stressful events. Though it has been shown that meditation for those suffering can greatly help reduce that for them. Meditation really helps train the brain to give attention away from the thought while in a meditative state. Over time, with continued practice, it will turn into an everyday life occurrence and people will begin to find themselves focusing on other things. Becoming less consumed by negative experiences overall.

Building discipline to meditate properly improves many skills which apply to other several aspects of life. Sitting down for sixty to ninety minutes a day to focus on your mediation skills helps improve discipline in itself. This increased skill of disciplined learning can help with continuing with an exercise routine and keeping your home cleaned for instance.

Emotional Regulation

Emotional Regulation is very important for successful coping when it comes to mental health. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) actively improves Emotional Regulation, and meditation practiced along with that therapy is quite beneficial. Especially those who suffer from disorders like depression, bipolar, anxiety, dual, or split personality. Although, long-term medication is helpful as well in addition to.

Meditation before bed gives you time to reduce worry and relax. It helps create a sense of calmness. In meditation with practice, it can help reduce your body temperature, heart rate, and even your cortisol production, too. All these effects can improve sleep by allowing you first to relax and then allowing your body and mind to sleep much more deeply. Allowing time for meditation also helps remove distractions earlier prior to bedtimes, such as screens, and other external stimuli that can negatively impact the quality of your sleep.

The key to meditation, however, is the benefits only applied when individuals meditate as a regular, daily practice. Though, when individuals stopped practicing meditation the benefits of it quickly disappeared.

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Do you struggle with a mental health disorder or addiction? If so, contact us today, here at Sylvia Brafman, to start utilizing our meditation services right away.

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