Meditation for Mental Health

June 26, 2013

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Do you often find yourself being anxious, stressed, or tense? Have you ever considered trying meditation to help you overcome these feelings?    Meditation has been shown to improve mental health, physical well being, and achieve an overall feeling of inner peace.  When taking part in meditation you will learn to let go of all thoughts and enter a state of consciousness.  This state can bring you the serenity and clarity you have been searching for.  This is a great way to clear your mind of crowded thoughts that are leading to your increasing stress levels.  Not only will you experience benefits while taking part in meditation, but the feeling of calmness will continue with you throughout your day.  Meditation is not only used to decrease stress levels but it also a great way to help reduce chronic and acute pain, decrease depression, and help rid yourself of sleep problems.  It has been shown that as little as 20 minutes of meditation a day can lead to decreased levels in blood pressure, lower heart rate, and deeper breathing.   A study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that participants taking part in transcendental meditation had a 48% reduction for overall risk of stroke, heart attack, and cardiovascular disease.

Here are some quick fun facts about how meditation can help improve your health!

  • Increases your frontal brain activity which helps to create a positive mood
  • Long term meditators are shown to have increased grey matter which helps to control emotions
  • Protects the brain and heart from increased levels of stress
  • Reduces levels of psychological distress and anxiety
  • Increases self-awareness and helps you to focus on the present
  • Creates ways to manage your stress levels
  • Can help to stop feelings of fatigue and lessen issues such as binge eating, asthma, and allergies

Why not give it a try? Meditation is inexpensive and does not require any special equipment.  It can actually be done anywhere you are, at any time! The Institute of Applied Meditation gives great information on the different types of meditation that you can take part in. Check out their website as well as UNH Health Service's to decide which type fits best for you!

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