There are many excellent benefits of using positivity and meditation for schizophrenia [tip: use these positivity-meditations to get started]
Mental health is a fragile thing, especially in our increasingly stressful and deceitful society. The number of individuals whose sanity cracks under pressure each day is disturbingly high, considering how medically and psychiatrically evolved we are today.
Unfortunately, despite all the amazing progress on this front, more and more people struggle with mental illness nowadays.
While some suffer from conditions such as clinical depression [READ: Meditation For Depression] or obsessive-compulsive disorder, others lose grasp of reality entirely and go deep down the rabbit hole and into schizophrenia. Thankfully, there is good news. We can use meditation for schizophrenia, and in this guide I will show you how.
What is Schizophrenia And What’s The Link Between Meditation And Schizophrenia?
[“The mind is everything. What we think we become — Buddha”
Schizophrenia is a disorder of the brain that affects behavior, thought, and perception .
The link between meditation and schizophrenia is that meditation helps us to keep our perceptions and thoughts healthy.
The most common type is paranoid schizophrenia, which causes altered perceptions of reality. People who suffer from paranoid schizophrenia see, hear, feel, taste, and smell things that are not there. They may also suffer from paranoid thoughts such as the idea that they are being watched.
The most common symptoms of schizophrenia  are:
Delusions: these are false beliefs not based on reality, such as the idea that the person is being insulted or attacked when this is not really happening. Delusions are one of the main symptoms of schizophrenia. Meditation can help us to control these delusions.
Hallucinations: These include auditory hallucinations and seeing and hearing things that do not exist. Hallucinations feel very real for the person experiencing them.
Disorganized thinking (speech): People with schizophrenia suffer from disorganized thinking and disorganized speech. This can make effective communication impossible causing relationship problems. Again, for people with schizophrenia, meditation can help to correct this thinking,
Abnormal motor behavior: People with schizophrenia exhibit abnormal behavior in many ways including childishness and unpredictable agitation.
Negative symptoms: People with schizophrenia can have difficult living normal lives and completing normal everyday tasks, such as washing or completing household chores.
When you’re going through schizophrenia, meditation and positivity can help. Here’s why.
How To Use Positive Thinking And Meditation For Schizophrenia
The problem with positive thinking is that most people understand it erroneously.
The approach that we’re used to state that by putting good thoughts into the world you make them happen. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, and for someone struggling with mental illness, it might even trigger an episode.
Positive thinking does not lead to the desired results unless you’re doing extremely well on the self-esteem front.
But most people struggling with schizophrenia foo not exhibit high levels of self esteem. And indeed, for people with schizophrenia, forced positive thinking can worsen their condition because when the positive thoughts do not materialize the person is left with frustration and feelings of inadequacy.
According to Positivity Institute psychologist Suzy Green, the best solution is to be realistically optimistic. She calls this approach ‘optimism with its eyes wide open’.
This is about being positive but realistic. And it’s here that we can use meditation fr schizophrenia, because meditation can help us to monitor and correct our thinking.
This approach entails drawing strength and motivation from a situation by putting a positive spin on it in a realistic manner.
You shouldn’t lie to yourself that everything is fine, but instead, know that it’s not and let this give you the necessary ambition to make it better.
Keeping your cool
When you are suffering from a mental health disorder such as schizophrenia, staying positive might seem like extra hassle. If so, remember the benefits of being positive. And, be mindful of the possible reasons why it is hard for you to be happy and positive (reasons beyond the simple fact that you are suffering from schizophrenia).
Many people with schizophrenia feel that their positivity is fake. If so, try to understand the concept of realistic optimism better.
Eliminating negative thoughts helps.
It is far easier to stay optimistic when all the bad thoughts are out of your head, even if only temporarily.
To kickstart this process, Mental Health American suggests various methods, such as challenging intrusive self-talk and avoiding dwelling too much on painful experiences and painful memories.
A good way to do this is to clear your mind so you can begin to see positivity as a coping mechanism for schizophrenia.
Again, here is a way you can use meditation for schizophrenia. Meditate. Clear your mind. Become more mindful. Then you will be able to recognise and change distorted thinking.
When you’re too busy worrying about negative thoughts, you don’t have the time or mindset to see all the good that can come out of your life.
To begin to clear your mind of negative thoughts, start with holistic therapies such as meditation and yoga.
The Power of Meditation For Schizophrenia
Meditation helps us clear their mind of all the negative thoughts, fear, and worries.
This is especially beneficial for people struggling with schizophrenia. Meditation techniques like guided meditation or a traditional meditation technique (such as breathing meditations) can make a big difference. All you need is a quiet place and some relaxing music to get started.
I recommend reading our guide to 31 meditation techniques and identifying the techniques that could help you.
Take it easy
When it comes to using meditation for schizophrenia, start in a relaxed way. Begin with THE DAILY MEDITAITON’s free guide to the basics of meditation.
The common misconception about meditation is that it must be done in a cross-legged yoga pose with your arms bent up and thumb and ring finger touching.
This is not the case in the 21st Century. Sitting in lotus position can get uncomfortable. Luckily, you can meditate in any way you find relaxing: on your chair, lying down or doing the yoga pose if that’s your cup of tea.
In this way, you can start flushing out every single train of thought that’s keeping you stuck in your mental disorder.
The results won’t be immediate. It takes time. But with practice you will learn the importance of realistic optimism and how meditation can improve upon it. Then you will see the benefits of using meditation for schizophrenia.
Think about it this way: when your mind is overwhelmed with voices nagging away at its core, a moment of silence can be golden. That’s why there is a lot of good in meditation for schizophrenics. Meditation silences the thoughts, produces inner peace, and helps to repair the mind.
Do make sure to check in with your doctor and see if this treatment is suited for you.
After all, schizophrenia is certainly one of the more serious disorders to deal with.
When it comes to your health, an informed decision is the best decision you can make. There are some risks of meditation and it is worth being aware of these.
Once you know that it is safe for you, start meditating. For Schizophrenia, mindfulness and meditation can make a big difference.
Positive thinking therapy sustained through meditation is a viable solution for people suffering from severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Meditation helps s to stay positive.
While it’s important to do this with your psychiatrist’s consent, this method is low risk easy to do at home. The best part is that you need as little as twenty minutes a day to see visible improvement.
By engaging in realistic optimism and using your experiences in a productive way, you will grow out of many destructive patterns that were contributing to your disorder. Of course, this won’t be easy and you might not succeed at first, but remaining ambitious is the key.
This article was written by Alex Moore from Schizlife and edited by Paul Harrison.