Ever since meditation became a multi-billion dollar industry last year, significant research has shown the benefits of meditation for mental health conditions.
There are ten mental health conditions in particular that meditation can help to alleviate. And they include some of the most common mental health problems in the world.
Let’s take a look at the amazing ways that meditation can help relieve mental health problems.
10 Benefits of Meditaiton For Mental Health
1: Less Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the world and affects approximately 18.1% of people over the age of 18. This is not surprising given that there are so many causes of anxiety in the modern-day, everywhere from work to home. This combined with the information overload we all suffer from makes it a terrible time for anxiety. Thankfully, meditation can help. Here is how to use meditation for anxiety.
2: Less Stress
Stress is the biggest killer in the world and the most common mental health condition. No wonder. Between the pressures we are all exposed to at work and the nature of this competitive society, everyone is susceptible to stress. Thankfully, meditation and mindfulness can help to remedy the problem. Methods like Mindfulness-based stress-reduction have been proven to help eliminate stress. Read my guide to using meditation for stress relief for more on this.
3: Reduced Depression
Depression can be caused for all sorts of reasons, ranging from a chemical inbalance in the brain to the loss of a loved one or the breakup of a relationship. Depression is a truly debilitating condition that makes it impossible to be happy and pays a serious toll on our interpersonal relationships. It can be very difficult to fight your way out of depression, but scientific research shows that meditation can help reduce the symptoms of depression.
Read my guide to meditation for depression for more on this.
4: General Unhappiness
Although not a specific mental health condition, many of us suffer from a general feeling of unhappiness and dissatisfaction with life, sometimes it can even be hard to know precisely why we are feeling down, such is the mystery of the mind. But when you’re feeling generally unhappy, meditation can help. It can provide emotional control so that we are less affected by a general feeling of unhappiness.
I remember the worst moment of grief in my life like it were yesterday. It was when my father died. For the next few years, I was stricken with grief, and it was incredibly difficult to find any sense of happiness. Grief is marked by that general feeling of weight in the chest and the inability to face the day. It can be difficult to know how to move on in times of grief, but mindfulness can help. My guide to meditation for grief shows you how.
6: Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder, or “Manic Depressive” disorder is marked by mood swings that range from extreme lows to overly active “manias”. It can be incredibly difficult to live life with bipolar disorder because our emotions are too great and it can be hard to know when we’re going to switch from one moment to the next. What we need is more emotional grounding and control. Thankfully, this is something meditation can provide, as I reveal in my tutorial on Bipolar Meditations.
7: Anger Management
We all know those people who could desperately need some anger management lessons. They seem to get riled up over nothing and when they are feeling angry the whole world knows about it. I personally had that problem when I was a teen, and it was only because of meditation that I was able to grow out of it. Meditation gives you control over anger so that you no longer react so badly. Here is how to use meditation for anger management.
8: Eating Disorders
From comfort-eating to bulimia, there are many different mental health conditions that cause eating disorders. Our relationship to our food is paramount because food is the basic building blocks of life. But when we have an eating disorder it can be impossible to manage your nutrition. One solution is to use mindful eating, and you can also use meditation for weight loss.
9: Negative Thinking
While this is not strictly a mental health condition, negative thinking can have a seriously detrimental impact on our health and happiness. In fact, negative thinking is one of the catalysts of more severe mental health conditions. Recurring negative thoughts can cause both anxiety and depression. Thankfully, there are solutions, as this guide to negative thoughts reveals.
Wikipedia states that, “Neuroticism is one of the Big Five higher-order personality traits in the study of psychology. Individuals who score high on neuroticism are more likely than average to be moody and to experience such feelings as anxiety, worry, fear, anger, frustration, envy, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood, and loneliness.”
Thankfully, we can also use meditation to overcome neuroticism.
Isn’t it amazing?!
Meditation is an amazing tool for overcoming mental health conditions. The simple practice of focusing the mind on the present moment brings us back into now and away from our thoughts and feelings. This gives the mind a much-needed break in which to heal itself and to overcome mental health problems.
Paul Harrison is a passionate meditation teacher who believes in genuine, authentic meditation. He has more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in beautiful Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University.
“My goal is to provide the most authentic meditation sessions so you can harness the power of your own mind for personal transformation” – Paul Harrison