A regular meditation practise has been proven time and time to provide a sense of calm, focus and relaxation for the practitioner.
On a deeper level however, meditation is a powerful way to alleviate the most common mental health issues that face Western society today.
This is because the calm and relaxation generated through meditation acts as a perfect antidote for mental health issues that seem to exist as a consequence of living in an overtly busy and overstimulated society.
Here are the five common mental health issues that can be remedied through a consistent meditation practise… This is how meditation improves mental health.
Stress – Stress is a mental health issue that affects everyone and meditation is one treatment that can help reduce this significantly.
When you meditate the mental and physical health benefits can be enormous (try to build up your practise to meditating once or twice each day for half an hour).
This process can help lower the levels of excess chemicals accumulating in your brain and body caused from stress, and leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
High levels of stress can cause many mental health issues, from anger and depression to permanent chemical changes in the way you respond and function each day.
Meditating at least once or twice a day has shown to keep your mental state healthy and more stable, even in times of high stress.
Anxiety – Anxiety is a mental health issue that can affect almost all parts of your life. Sufferers of anxiety tend to start avoiding people, places, or activities, and if left untreated this disorder can become crippling for the person.
Meditation can cure your anxiety without drugs or expensive counselling sessions when used properly. This method allows you to slow and calm your mind and body both.
Anxiety is often caused by chemical changes, and meditating can reverse some of the physical and neurotransmitter activity that leads to the condition.
Fear – Fear can be a very, very hard emotion to overcome, regardless of what is causing it. When you meditate you cause your physical and mental processes to slow down, and create a calming sensation that combats fear and other negative emotions.
Your mind will clear of all fearful thoughts, and you will finish your session ready to face the world. This method allows you to realise your fears, and then let go of them for good.
Fear can become crippling and destroy your life if it is not eliminated but by meditating every day it can bring you peace, and stop your fears in its tracks once and for all.
Panic Attacks – There are a number of meditation techniques and strategies that can be very helpful in dealing with or even completely eliminating panic attacks.
These attacks are caused by thoughts, activities, and situations that induce a sense of extreme fear. Severe panic attacks can also be mistaken for a heart attack or other serious medical emergencies, and you may feel like you are going to suffocate.
Meditating can address the root cause of these attacks, and eliminate the cause of the irrational fear as well as the physical symptoms of these attacks.
This treatment calms your mind and body, to stop both the mental and physical reactions associated with the panic.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Meditation has been a successful cure for many individuals who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder. This disorder can take control of your life if allowed, and may make you a prisoner to mental illness if not addressed.
When you meditate you cause your body and thoughts to slow down, and eliminate the mental clutter that might be holding you back.
By concentrating on your breathing and clearing your mind, meditation helps to remove the obsessive and compulsive thoughts, and allows you to focus on what is really important in your present situation.
While it’s not a quick fix, learning to meditate can cure your obsessive compulsive disorder without the need for drugs or other extreme treatment measures.
Starting and maintaining a consistent meditation practise will go a long way to helping you live a more calm, relaxed and focussed life which will in turn address any mental health issues you may have.
If however, you are finding you need extra assistance then of course make an appointment to see a professional counsellor or other mental health practitioner.
Let me know how you go with your meditation practise, I’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, be still and enjoy the silence,
The Calm Life