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Meditation is the fastest growing health trend in America, according to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control. But it’s not just for relaxation. Meditation can also be helpful when used in conjunction with traditional mental health therapy for common conditions like anxiety and depression.
Meditation is the practice of focused concentration, continually bringing yourself back to the present moment without judgment. It involves breathing methods, guided imagery, and other practices to relax the body and achieve a more peaceful state of mind.
Tama’ra Reed, experiential therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health, practices meditation and mindfulness with patients Monday through Friday. “A lot of the patients here have high anxiety, or they have depression and usually in those cases, they feel like they don't have control,” says Reed. “Often they can't make eye contact. Within a couple days of learning and practicing meditation, there’s a noticeable change in how they carry themselves, and they're not as tense.”
The emotional benefits of meditation can include:
“Whether you can practice for several minutes or even 30 seconds, you’re able to give yourself a mental break when you’re experiencing difficult thoughts or emotions,” says Reed. “Meditation is not doing nothing. You’re actively engaging in something that, even if just for a few moments, allows your mind to calm down and your emotions to become peaceful and quiet,” she adds.
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