Kill Depression Fast With Meditation [5 Min’ TUTORIAL]

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Meditation can end depression for good and forever. In this 5 minute tutorial I will show you how.

There is an easy, natural, and healthy way to cure depression. Meditation. Spiritualists have know this for thousands of years.

Pharmaceutical corporations desperately try to cover up the truth. They don’t want us to know that meditation cures depression.  Because, as you know, they make over $19 billion a year selling antidepressants. And the fact that antidepressants have more than twenty proven side-effects.

When I was suffering from an acute stress reaction in 2011 I was forced to leave my home in Canada to return back to my family in England in order to get the help I need and also the support of my loved ones. At that time the possibility of anti-depressants was ever-present. Instead I took to meditation, spending hours everyday meditating. Not only did meditation offer me a healthy solution, but it also meant that I could avoid the side-effects of antidepressants.

And there are a lot of side effects from antidepressants. Take a look…

The full list of side-effects from anti-depressants

  • increased appetite
  • weight gain
  • loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm
  • fatigue and drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • blurred vision
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • agitation
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Weight gain
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Sun sensitivity
  • Increased heart rate
  • Disorentation
  • Insomnia
  • Weight gain
  •   Suicide
  •  Sleep disruption
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inability to achieve an orgasm (men and women)
  • Loss of libido
  • Agitation

 

 

Pharmaceutical companies do everything they can to make people use unhealthy drugs instead of healthy cures knowing the truth. But thankfully, we know that there is a better way. Meditation is the best natural way to break out of depression (you can find more natural cures via that link).

Meditation is a natural and healthy way of curing depression

Meditation offers a healthy and natural way to cure meditation. .

Meditation has been shown to offer a great many mental and physical health benefits.

Just take a look at these benefits of meditation, which have been proven through clinical research.

Meditation:

  • Stops negative thoughts,
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Promotes inner peace
  • Prevents and relieves anger
  • Increases communication between parts of the brain.
  • Helps to control emotions
  • Reduces sadness, grief and other negative feelings

To be clear, the above is just a very small snapshot of the benefits of meditation (for a full list, see the link above).

 

Meditation directly combats the symptoms of depression

One of the best things about meditation is that is stops the symptoms of depression.

The major symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Continual negative thoughts
  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Thoughts of death, suicide, self harm
  • Insomnia

You can read more about symptoms of depression on the MayoClinic.

Meditation directly combats these symptoms of depression.

The good news is that meditation can stop those symptoms of depression. 

So how does meditation help depression?

One of the most common causes of anxiety and depression are negative thoughts that occupy your mind (this is also the case with stress, paranoia and many other mental health complications).

To cure depression and anxiety you need to find a way to escape negative thoughts (click the link for some great solutions). This is particularly true for Negative Thought Depression.

EocInstitute is one of the leaders for science-backed meditation articles. They tell us, “Scientists estimate the number of human thoughts at around 50,000 per day — meaning a negative, depressed mind can literally generate dozens of pessimistic thoughts per minute!

While we all have this type of thinking from time to time, the difference is the depressed mind’s sheer volume & level of bombardment.

Like a river current, it is easy for the mind to get taken downstream, against its’ will. It is easy to see why so many depressed people feel paralyzed.  READ MORE

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Whether you’re suffering from depression that is of a situational nature (caused by external events) or of an organic nature (the result of chemicals in the brain) meditation can greatly help to reduce your depression symptoms.

I know people who have suffered from both kinds of depression. Many of them state meditation was the absolute number one answer for them.  Given that meditation doesn’t have any of the harmful side effects of meditation, it’s crazy that more doctors don’t recommend it (but then, they are paid by the pharmaceutical industry).

To recap:

  • Recurrent and obsessive negative thoughts are a major cause of depression.
  • You need those negative thoughts to be silenced so that you can find peace and calm. You need to find a new, positive way of thinking (take a look at that link).
  • In order to stop the negativity and start the positivity, you first need to clear your mind.
  • How then, do we clear our minds when we are feeling so depressed? How do we empty our minds of anxiety and of depressing thoughts in order to find peace?

 

So, how do you clear your mind?

There is no limit of ways to clear your mind. You can:

  • Go for a walk
  • Practice yoga
  • Practice tai-chi or QiGong
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Indulge in some pet therapy (clinical trials show that time with pets helps to eliminate the symptoms of depression).
  • Talk through it with a friend
  • Go for a run (running is proven to be one of the best natural treatments for depression).

But arguably the best way to clear your mind is by using meditation.

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Meditation is the practice of focusing the mind on one thing at a time.

Meditation is simply the act of focusing one one thing at a time.

 

For instance, in a lot of different meditation techniques you focus the mind on the breath.

When you focus the mind on the breath you silence your thoughts, which helps you to escape from depression and anxiety.

Like a cup, if the mind is full, nothing more can be put in it. No new information can enter a full mind. And just as the body needs water, the mind needs new information. Meditation helps you empty your mind of what is currently there. And once empty, new information can enter. In other words, meditation can help you to let go of the current negative thoughts occupying your mind, and to take-in new, healthier thoughts.

 

Try this meditation technique for some quick relief

  1. Find somewhere quiet and peaceful where you will not be disturbed. Sit with good posture.
  2. Close your eyes and focus your mind on your breathing.
  3. With each inhalation, imagine bringing new energy into your body.
  4. With each exhalation imagine breathing out any negative and depressive thoughts.
  5. Continue for twenty minutes

This is just one very easy example of a meditation technique. I’m about to show you many more meditations for depression and they are going to make you feel wonderful. But it’s important we go one step at a time. So, try the meditation above, and then continue reading.

Focusing on your breath can completely stop depression.

Here’s what Spike Gillespie had to say about breathing meditations and depression on Elephant Journal… 

I dropped to my cushion, got into half-lotus, and willed myself into mindful breathing.  To my astonishment, the entire room fell into an immediate dead silence. Everyone breathed with me. Everyone held the space. I could hear my heart bashing against my ribs. I kept breathing. They kept breathing. It was also a very long minute, but a very good one that drove home a big point. My year of meditating with intent had paid off. I could still myself, and even others, in that crazy, noisy space.   READ MORE

 

Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s look at the best meditation techniques for depression

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Meditation Techniques for depression #1: Anapanasati

“Anapanasati” is the proper term used to described breathing meditations.

This is one of the best types of meditation for depression, and is the best place for all newcomers to start meditation.

Anapanasait meditations are very easy to begin to do, and they create a deep sense of relaxation.

This is where I myself started many years ago and is how most people begin.


Meditation for Depression 2: Smiling Buddha Technique

The smiling Buddha technique is a moderately advanced technique that is best for people who have some experience.

It is a technique specifically designed to create happiness. This technique involves a combination of mudras (hand position) and mantras (repeated words) to create deep relaxation and happiness.

 

 

Meditation for Depression 3: Zen Walking Meditation

I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that when you’re feeling down, a nice long walk helps a lot.

A walk gives you the chance to escape and allows you to clear your mind.

The only thing better than a walk is a Zen walking. In this technique you walk up and down a path while meditating on the sense of movement. This allows you to get some fresh air (important for depression), to clear your mind and to find relaxation. Just to remind you, you can find guides to all these meditation techniques using the “Meditation Techniques” option via the main menu above.

By the way, if you do not have depression yourself but are trying to help someone with depression, I highly recommend taking them for a Zen walk.

 


Meditation for Depression 4: Mindfulness

Mindfulness isn’t a specific meditation technique per say; it’s more an attitude which encompasses a wide variety of techniques. Essentially, mindfulness is awareness. When you practice mindfulness you train yourself to let go of thoughts and to focus on the moment. This is very powerful for depression and will help you to escape your thoughts. I particularly recommend mindfulness if you are suffering from negative thought depression.

The NHS tells us:

When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.

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Meditation for Depression 5: Visualisation

Visualisation meditation is one of the more advanced meditation techniques because it integrates the imagination into the process.

Essentially, visualisation can be defined like this: imagining specific things to produce specific results.

Let’s say, for instance, that you wish to relax. You may choose to imagine a relaxing scene of a beach. Try this now and you will become relaxed and happy. Imagine the scene in detail, using all five senses. See, smell, touch, hear and taste the scene. This will bring the scene to life in your mind and make it a much more powerful experience.

 

 

Meditation for Depression 6: Body Scan Meditation

When you are depressed you lose touch with the present moment.

Depression gets you caught up in your thoughts.

Comparatively, when we are happy with live in the moment.

Living in the moment essentially means being focused on reality rather than what is in your mind. We’re going to achieve this over the next three steps. The first step is the body scan meditation.

Body Scan Meditation gets you in touch with your body and puts you back in the present moment. It’s fairly easy to do. Ideally do it lying down, though you may stay seated if you prefer.

To do a body scan meditation, you move your focus around your body. Begin with your feet. Focus you mind on your feet. Notice any sensations in your feet. If there is tension ask your feet to relax. Imagine breathing air into your feet and having them relax. Continuing this process, move your focus progressively up your body, from feet to ankles to legs to pelvis to stomach, chest, arms, hands, neck, face and head. You may then reverse the process from head to toe.

 

More Tips On Curing Depression With Meditation

As well as the meditations above, be sure to make use of these tips.

Follow The Breath

Whenever you feel as though you are losing control of your emotions, take 5 minutes. Breathe. Focus your mind on your breathing. And let your breath carry you back to the present moment.

Utilize mantras to harness the natural goodness of your mind

A mantra is a meditation in which you focus on sounds or words. There are two types of mantras, both of which are applicable to depression. The first is a sound mantra. Close your eyes, focus on your breathing and recite the mantra OM. It is almost as though you are humming the word OM in long, extended breaths. Focus on the sound, focusing 100% of your mind on OM.

The next type of mantra uses a sentence. You can use any sentence you like. For instance, you may recite “I am feeling calm and relaxed.” You then recite this mantra repeatedly while focussing on the words. This helps you to create the reality of the words, such that, for instance, saying “ I am calm and relaxed” will make you calm and relaxed.

I’ve created an index of mantras you can use. Take a look.

 

 

Express loving kindness to the world, and the world be loving and kind right back at you

Extending loving kindness towards other people makes you feel happier yourself.

To do a loving kindness meditation, close your eyes and think about someone (anyone). Then imagine extending love and kindness to this person. At the same time say the words “May [name of person] have love and kindness. May they be happy, healthy and successful. May they also have the strength to overcome troubles in life. I love [name of person]. I am one with [name of person]. You should also practice this while thinking about yourself.

THE FACTS ABOUT DEPRESSION AND MEDITATION AND WHY IT’S KEPT SILENT

Every year, billions of dollars are made selling medication for depression.

Approximately 75% of Americans take antidepressants at some time in their life.

1 in 10 Americans being on antidepressants right now.

That’s approximately 250 million Americans buying antidepressants

$20 billion dollars are made on antidepressants every year

It is scienticially proven that antidepressants do not work.

. . . now the really shocking news. . .

It is scientifically proven that meditation, which is 100% FREE, can cure depression.

For some bizarre, multi-billion dollar reason, this fact is kept secret.

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How mindfulness saved me from depression

Years ago, I was in serious danger. I was suffering depression badly.

I was severely depressed. I constantly, obsessively, had negative thoughts swirling around in my mind. They ranged from “You’re fat and ugly” to “Nobody like you”.

I still remember the pain I felt back then. I will remember it everyday of my life. It is like a permanent scar on my psyche. But it is also a reminder to me, a reminder of the power of meditation therapy and mindfulness therapy.

When my depression started I didn’t actually have a clue what to do about it. I just sat around watching a bunch of movies about depression, you know, movies with characters who were feeling how I was feeling.

Then I happened to read Welcome To Silence: A Practical Guide To Mindfulness And Meditation. I’d heard good things about it. I had tried many different kinds of therapy, from counselling to yoga. But none of it worked, and I have always been against pill popping so depression medication wasn’t a solution for me (I always try to exhaust the natural therapies before taking pills).

There was one moment when I was meditating that truly changed my life forever. That moment was when I realised that all those negative thoughts that were causing my depression were only in my mind.

It sounds obvious.

Of course thoughts are only in your own mind.

But the fact of the matter is that thoughts can dominate your life. When thinking “My life sucks” it can be extremely difficult to say to yourself, “That’s just a thought in my mind that has no bearing on reality.”

If you think about that I’m sure it will strike a chord with you. We all have some negative thoughts .It could be about our relationships, our weight, our health, our image, anything. Most of us allow those thoughts to dominate us. We think “I’m ugly” and we start to believe it and feel it. But when we take a step back and say, “Okay. That’s a thought. That’s just one way of looking at things. It isn’t reality, it’s just a construct of my own mind.” As soon as you realise that you can change the way you think.

With mindfulness you come to see your thoughts for what they are: just thoughts.  Once you see your thoughts for what they are, they stop having control over you and you can begin to change your mind, to think and to feel more positively.

By using mindfulness for depression I haven’t just overcome depression, I’ve found true and lasting happiness, and I’ve used my knowledge of mindfulness and meditation to help my friends, explaining techniques to them, because I know that we all suffer and that spiritual techniques have the power to end that suffering.

I hope this has perhaps inspired you or has made you think that you too can overcome the mental pressure.

 

Very Important: There Are Times You Should Not Use Meditation

There are times when meditation may not be appropriate. When you focus inwardly as you do in meditation, you can stir up painful memories that could potentially worsen your symptoms. For this reason, it is best to ease-into depression gradually and to stop if you experience traumatic memories of emotions.

If you do have depression I very strongly recommend that you meditate under professional guidance. A meditation teacher will help you to avoid potential pitfalls when meditating.

Do not jump-into meditation if you are suffering from depression.

 

Also try these self help for depression tips

 

Depression Self Help Tips 1: Go Gently

It is always important when suffering from depression to go easy on yourself. Depression causes a lack of energy, fatigue, lack of motivation and more, so it can be hard to do too much. It’s important that you try and be your best friend. Do what you can, but don’t push yourself to do any more than that.

 Depression Self Help Tips 2: Support

It doesn’t matter where you get support from, get it wherever you can. If you have a loving family, that’s great. If you have friends that’s great too. If you need to find a depression support group, that’s also fine. Find people who will help with depression, people who will just be that gentle supporting hand that you need from time to time. Accept their support. It helps both you yourself and them (offering support to others when needed builds a person’s self esteem and offers numerous health benefits, which you can read about in our guide to the importance of kindness).

 

 

Depression Self Help Tips 3:  Find sources of positivity

We all get positivity from different places. For men, personally, I find positivity in meditation, music, friends, family, writing, movies, poetry, dance and gymnastics. These are sources of positivity for me. Create a list of sources of positivity in your life. Take five minutes to do this now before reading on. Then, the next time you’re feeling depressed you can turn to your sources of positivity for a helping hand.

In my experience, lots of spiritual techniques help with depression because they give you perspective and make you more positive. Take a look at that link for more on this.

 

Depression Self Help Tips 4: Meditate

Meditation is immensely helpful to mental health. While there have been some (very rare) reports of meditation making symptoms of depression worse, for the vast majority of people it is very very helpful.

 

Depression Self Help Tips 5: Sleep

Having suffered from minor depression myself I know that it can be extremely hard to sleep when depression. Your mid just refuses to switch off. While there are certain depression medications that can help, they often don’t (my own medication led me to have extremely disturbed sleep). You can meditating ten minutes before bed, or do things throughout the day to make yourself tired so you will sleep at night. Trying to stick to one sleep schedule helps too.

 

Self Help for Depression Tips 6: Diet

You are what you eat. That’s true for your body and your mind. Your mind needs the right vitamins and minerals just as your body does. I personally don’t bother with the highly technical specific of which exact vitamins you need in what amount etc. We all know what basic healthy eating is. Limit caffeine. Limit sugar. Eat vegetables. Avoid KFC etc.

 

Self Help for Depression Tips 7: Exercise

There is a natural link between exercise and depression. When we don’t exercise we don’t allow our bodies to release certain chemicals. Exercise releases happy chemicals that naturally make you feel happier. Again, don’t push yourself. Exercise in small amounts. Do what you can do comfortably. Maybe just go for a walk, do a little Tai Chi or something relaxing like that. You shouldn’t ever overdo it.

 

Self Help for Depression 8: Sunshine on a Rainy Day

I’m going to admit that I’m probably the last person in the world who should say this, but you need sunshine. Being a nerdy British guy, living in a country where it’s only sunny two days a year and on those days I’m far too preoccupied with writing to go out, I’ve no right to tell you to. But sunshine is good. Lack of sunshine throws your body’s internal rhythm out of whack. It can also lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder. Get sunshine each day or end up looking like a nerdy British vampire like I do . . . you have been warned XD

 

 Self Help for Depression 9: Challenge the Negative

When you’re depressed you’re going to think negative. That’s pretty much guaranteed. But you don’t have to settle for negative thinking. You can challenge your negative thoughts with more positive ones. For instance, as I sit here a negative thought — “I’m getting fat because I haven’t exercised lately” I can challenge it with a positive thought – “I’m going to get healthier because I’m about to go for a run.”

. . . I didn’t actually go for a run, but you get the idea. . .

Self Help for Depression 10: Get through this and you are sorted for life

This piece of advice is very very personal to me.

At the lowest point in my life I realised one thing that changed my entire world. That one thing was this “If you get through depression you will have mastered life.” Think about it. Depression is the biggest challenge we face. It’s the worst of times. Depression makes you feel your lowest. But when you learn to get through depression you will learn to master your mind. Get through this and you can get through anything. ANYTHING.  Life is going to be a freaking DODDLE once you beat depression.

Well, that thought worked for me anyway. I overcame my problem and now I know that no matter how I feel, no matter where I go, I will have the strength to overcome all burdens. It’s like the immortal line of Albert Camus “In the depths of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

There is usually a reason why you hurt so much sometimes. In my experience, the reason was to get through the depth of winter to find that invincible summer.

You are going to beat this.

 

The Scientific Proof (Which The Pharmaceuticals Are Silencing)

There’s a lot of proof that meditation stops depression. But pharmaceutical corporations are fighting to stop the truth from coming out.

Let’s take a look at the proof.

A new study has shown that mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy, a form of meditation, can cure depression as effectively as pills.

Termed MBCT, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy was developed by our good friend Jon Kabat Zinn. Mindfulness teaches people to be focused on the present moment, rather than on their thoughts. This naturally combats depression.

You can learn MCBT for free in our complete guide to using meditation for depression.

Effectively, mindfulness based cognitive behavioural therapy teaches people to recognise, accept, and let go of their negative thoughts. When practicing mindfulness, people learn to recognise the true nature of their thoughts. This gives them power over their mind, enabling them to take control of their depression. And that is how meditation can cure depression. Incidentally, this is also just one of more than a hundred proven benefits of meditation.

 

 

Science has proven that mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy and meditation can cure depression as effectively as pills.

A recent trial published in The Lancet, a medical journal, had 424 British adults either take pills or try therapy. Half the test group were allotted to pills and the other half to sessions of mindfulness. The latter group stopped taking their medication completely after a winding-down period.

“The relapse rates in the two groups were similar, with 44% in the mindfulness group and 47% for those on the drugs,” reports British newspaper The Guardian. “In each group there were five adverse events, including two deaths.”

 

 

Scientists Say Meditation Can Cure Depression More Effectively Than Medication

Lead author Willem Kuyken, professor of psychology at the University of Oxford said, “Our hypothesis was that [therapy would be more effective than pills].” The results showed that meditation is equally as good as medication and that meditation does offer a new option for people trying to overcome depression.

Nigel Reed, who has been suffering from depression and who took part in the study, says, “Mindfulness gives me a set of skills which I use to keep well in the long term. Rather than relying on the continuing use of antidepressants, mindfulness puts me in charge, allowing me to take control of my own future, to spot when I am at risk and to make the changes I need to stay well.”

The study also showed that mindfulness might work better than pills for those people who are at high risk of relapse.

 

 

Professor Mulder Says Meditation Should Be Offered As An Alternative Treatment For Depression

Professor Roger Mulder, of the University of Otago New Zealand, believes that mindfulness should be offered as a therapy for patients because it lowers the cost and also has less side effects. “We have a promising new treatment that is reasonably cost-effective and applicable to the large group of patients with recurrent depression.

Professor Mulder also states that drugs are not working as expects. “Despite the increased use of drugs, the long-term outcome of mood disorders has not improved in the modern era. “

 

And yet despite these facts the pharmaceutical industry continues to force pills on people. And that despite the mounting placebo research.

Current best practice, endorsed by Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is to encourage people with a history of recurrent depression to remain on antidepressants for at least two years.

And this despite the fact that science has consistently proven that anti-depressants have extremely harmful side-effects including anxiety, nausea, migraines, and even suicide.  “Many people do not wish to remain on medication for indefinite periods, or cannot tolerate its side-effects,” says Prof Richard Byng, from the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

It’s time the picture changed. It’s time to stop forcing drugs on people and to start offering a healthier and safer solution instead.

 

Meditation can cure depression. And it is one of the healthiest cures for depression. But which kind of meditation should you use?

Research shows that meditation can cure depression. And the majority of research so far has looked at mindfulness meditation. But there are actually many more types of meditation that can help with depression.

Did you know that there are over thirty different types of meditation? Each of those different meditations has its own specific benefits. And that means that the right meditation for me might not necessarily be the right type of meditation for you.

In order to help you find the perfect meditation for you, I’ve put together a big free guide of every major type of meditation. Be sure to have a good read of that. The meditations you find in that guide will help depression. And they will also do a lot more too.

 

More spiritual ways to beat depression

 

In 2014 Amy Cuddy presented a beautiful TED speech in which she showed that body language affects mood.

She showed that by simply standing and moving in a positive way individuals can improve their mood. This, in turn, corresponds with what acting teachers like Anton Chekhov have been saying for years, that the way you move your body affects your mood.

 

 

What is truly amazing about all of this research is the sheer amount of ways in which we can treat depression.

Just look at the research and you will be amazed.  Here are some of the most important factors to bear in mind:

  • Belief in some sort of spirituality decreased the chances of depression.
  • Meditation and mindfulness reduce the risk of depression and help relieve the symptoms of depression.
  • Yoga, tai chi, and other “Body mind” exercises are shown to reduce the risk of depression and to be effective at treating depression. Research into this continues.

And amazingly, using positive body language will also help with depression. Positive body language includes holding the chin up, looking at eye level, smiling, and walking with a bounce in your step.

 

 

There are so many cures for depression. If you do not want to take depression medication there are other ways

It wasn’t that long ago that scientists believed that depression could only be cured by medication. Today we’re learning a lot about depression and it seems that many things, including spirituality, can help to fight depression.

There is one thing that ties all these practices together

I would like to share with you my theory of why all these practices work for depression. But this theory has yet to be scientifically proven. It is very much my opinion based on reading extensive research and from personal experience.

Depression is caused by a closing off of the mind. That’s evident when you look at the causes of depression. Prolonged stress causes depression. Loneliness causes depression. Traumatic personal experiences, lack of mental stimulation… all these things cause depression, and the one thing tying them together is that the mind is cut off from fresh information.

Fresh information is like oxygen to the mind. Your body needs oxygen to survive, but your mind also need fresh information. It needs that informational-oxygen to keep energy flowing through neural pathways.

>Learn how to refresh your mind by using mindfulness. 

 

 

Now if you look at all the things above that cure or prevent depression, they all share one thing in common: they all make fresh information come into your brain. Here’s how.

Meditation and mindfulness: make your mind focus on the present moment, and the present moment is a constant stream of fresh information.

Yoga, tai chi, and other mind body exercises make you focus on physical movement.You have a cognitive task to perform when exercising, so your mind is again connected to the outside world and taking in new information.

Spirituality makes you focus on something outside yourself, whether that be God, or nature, or anything else. Spirituality makes your mind focus outside of yourself. As soon as your focus is external you start taking in new information. We know that non-spiritual people often have insular views and that this can lead to depression. Spirituality is the opposite.

Positive body language: Positive body language also makes you receive new information? How? Because when you look up (which is positive body language) you see the world.  Because when you smile you improve your eyesight (smiling changes the position of your eyes) this then lets more information in.  When you adopt positive body language you don’t stare down at the floor, you look up at the world and let the light of the world in.

It all comes down to the same thing. When you oxygenate your brain and mind with fresh information via the outside world, you energise your brain, and that is just like exercise to the body: it keeps your brain fit and healthy.

 

 

 

So, what to do to beat depression

Here’s how you beat depression in a spiritual-esque fashion.

1: Believe in something outside yourself

2: Meditate

3: Focus on the present moment

4: Focus on other people, not on yourself

5: Adopt positive body language (which literally is like acting happy)

With this plan you will achieve and maintain happiness for a long time. But, this latter bit is my opinion and has not been scientifically validated, unlike the studies above.

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