Breakthrough Study Champions Meditation For Anxiety, Depression, Stress Relief

A breakthrough study is championing the use of meditation for anxiety, depression and stress relief.

The study, conducted collaboratively between universities in Australia and the UK, highlights how meditation helps anxiety, depression and stress by changing the endocrine system.

If you have ever wanted to have more control over the symptoms of anxiety, depression or stress, we have good news for you. Research conducted by Melbourne’s Victoria University and Belfast’s Queen’s University reveals shows that meditation improve our ability to self-manage anxiety, stress an depression. The research revealed that meditation has a profound effect on the endocrine system.

The endocrine system is a “chemical messenger system comprising feedback loops of the hormones released by internal glands of an organism directly into the circulatory system, regulating distant target organs”. [Wikipedia]

In the  peer-review study, researchers found a relationship between the endocrine system and meditation.  The results of the study were published in the journal Cell Press.

Chantal Ski, one of the authors on the paper, told THE DAILY MEDITATION “Through the comprehensive literature review, we found that there is a clear link between meditation and stress reduction. We focused on studies that analysed how meditation affected the endocrine system and a number of interconnected systems that regulate stress.

Michaela Pascoe of Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University, told THE DAILY MEDITATION, “Whilst it is intriguing that various meditation practices appear to induce changes in endocrine function, and consequently be associated with improvements in mental health, the underlying associations and mechanisms that might operate are unclear, though likely involve psychological, physiological, and neurological processes.”

Mental health conditions are becoming evermore commonplace. And at the same time, people are seeking natural solutions to the problem. One way this is happening is through the use of meditation for anxiety, depression and stress.

Growing evidence shows the efficacy of meditation for anxiety, meditation and stress. The practice helps us regulate our emotions and improves overall wellbeing in many ways. One way meditation achieves this is by changing the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis, a network of three glands located near our brains and kidneys. The hypothalamus regulates the growth of hormones via the pituitary gland, and the adrenal gland creates the “fight or flight” response.

This and other research shows that there are indeed many benefits of meditation for anxiety, depression and stress.

How To Use Meditation For Anxiety, depression And Stress

It is essential to practice properly when using meditation for anxiety, depression and stress. Only through proper practice of the various meditation techniques can you learn to manage your symptoms. That is why I have created a guide to using meditation for anxiety, depression and stress. Please refer to the following articles:

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By Paul Harrison

Paul Harrison is a qualified meditation teacher and writer with more than 15 years experience in meditation and mindfulness. He studied meditation in Oxford, UK, and Hamilton Ontario Canada, and earned his degree at Staffordshire University. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential through mindfulness, yoga and meditation.

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