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Depression and Meditation

There are many treatment options available to those suffering from depression. They range from traditional treatments such as anti-depressants, psychotherapy and more recently have begun to include alternative therapy. Meditation is one type of alternative treatment. It has been defined as a way to change one's mental state by becoming more aware of it and changing your reaction to stress. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effects of meditation on depression. These studies report that meditation has the same effects as physical exercise, in changing hormone levels and altering one's mood. Those suffering from depression can learn to cope with negative thoughts by using meditation. One can learn to replace the feelings of anxiety and dread wit feeling of calm.

There are types of meditation techniques you can use to treat the effects of depression. However, this article will focus on some basic principles that anyone can use. However, be aware that it takes time and effort to learn to successfully meditate. In addition, it should become a part of one's daily routine in order to receive the maximum benefits. If you can devote ten to fifteen minutes a day to meditation, then you can improve your depression and even prevent relapses. First, make sure that you are in a quiet place, away from as much outside noise as possible. Another helpful suggestion is to repeat positive affirmations. Many people suffering from depression, also experience low self-esteem, negativity and self-doubt. You should slowly breathe in and out and in doing so, notice the rise and fall of your belly. This helps you focus your thoughts on one thing. Learning to focus will help you to quiet your mind and relax your body. You may find it hard to concentrate when first starting because your mind is used to constantly thinking. This is ok. Do not entertain the thought, just let it pass. Eventually, you will get to a point where this will no longer be a problem. The main point to remember is to do it on a daily basis even if you feel like your depression has improved, because it also decreases chances of relapsing.