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Mental Health: Meditation

To support your mental health it is important to understand different ways to improve it over time. Meditation can be that helping component that is missing from your daily routine. Meditation reduces stress and studies have shown that it also reduces depression and anxiety and also helps people manage chronic pain.

There are different types of meditation such as:

  • mindfulness meditation

  • spiritual meditation

  • focus meditation

  • movement meditation

  • mantra meditation

  • transcendental meditation

  • progressive relaxation

  • loving kindness meditation

  • visualization meditation

In mindfulness meditation you pay attention to your thoughts as they pass through your mind. This is a combination of concentration and awareness. Essentially become more aware of how you feel and how other things make you feel. This alone becomes one of the most direct forms of meditation that involves observation.

Spiritual meditation is when you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with the universe and also the higher ups. This type of meditation is similar to prayer and is ideal for spiritual growth.

Focus meditation involves concentration using any of the 5 Senses. This type of meditation is ideal for those who require additional focus in their life.

Movement meditation is good for people to find peace in action and is preferred to let their minds wander. In this case, this is an act form where the movement alone guides you. For example, yoga and other gentle forms of motion.

Mantra meditation uses a repetitive sound to clear the mind. This can be in the form of a word, phrase, or sound. For example, “Om.”

Transcendental meditation is a popular type of meditation and is popular in the scientific community. This type of meditation is likely to be done by those who like structure and are serious about maintaining a meditation practice.

Progressive relaxation is also known as a body scan in meditation and this is aimed at reducing tension in the body and promoting relaxation. This is a form of meditation that relieves stress and is able to unwind the body before bedtime.

Loving-kindness meditation is used to strengthen feelings of compassion kindness and acceptance towards oneself and others. This is a great way to understand certain feelings and also value certain aspects of your life. This form of meditation is a perfect way to overcome obstacles and feelings of anger or resentment against others.

Visualization meditation is a technique focused on enhancing feelings of relaxation peace and calmness by visualizing positive scenes or images. One may decide to think about happy thoughts and feelings to return to a happy place where there thoughts and feelings were much easier and defined to understand and support.

Some benefits of these forms of meditation include:

  • Reduces stress

  • Controls anxiety

  • Promotes emotional health

  • Enhances self-awareness

  • Lengthens attention span

  • May reduce age-related memory loss

  • Can generate kindness

  • May help fight addictions

  • Improves sleep

  • Helps control pain

  • Can decrease blood pressure

  • Accessible anywhere

Ultimately, meditation is very important when improving your mental and emotional health.

Read More:

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12 Benefits of Meditation

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