Can meditation help with depression?

Meditation has been used for centuries to promote well-being … mental, emotional, and physical. More recently, meditation is being used as a tool to treat depression. Here are some ways in which meditation might help:

Reduces Stress

Reducing stress and inflammation helps absolutely everything. Meditation can lead to a feeling of calmness and relaxation. And one of the main benefits of meditation is that it helps to reduce stress. Stress can be a major contributor to depression, and – it follows – that by reducing stress you help minimize depressive symptoms.

Improves Emotional Regulation

Depression is often characterized by negative thinking patterns and overwhelming emotions. Meditation can help you better regulate your emotions and manage these negative thoughts and feelings.

Increases Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the moment and aware of your thoughts and feelings. By becoming more aware of your thoughts and feelings, you can begin to identify negative thought patterns and learn to be less affected by them.

Promotes Self-Awareness

Meditation can help promote self-awareness. Depression often leads to a feeling of disconnection from oneself. By becoming more self-aware, you can begin to recognize and connect with your own needs and desires.

Meditation can be an effective skill for treating depression. And it’s a skill that we can all acquire with a little focus and effort. We’d love to hear about your experience with meditation. Drop us a line and share your story?

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Dr. Aryeh Berlin is a New Jersey licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Aspire Psychological Group. Dr. Berlin has vast clinical training experiences including a residential adolescent addiction treatment center in Israel, community mental health centers, and youth detention centers. Dr. Berlin has lectured on parenting children with emotional and behavioral difficulties, child development, helping children with school-related challenges and trauma. Audiences included attorneys, mental health professionals, parents, and educators.

Can meditation help with depression?