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Seasonal Depression & Meditative Moving

Depression is one of the major health issues in today’s world. It is very common and can make one feel lost and hopeless. This mental health condition can also lead to physical aliments.

Research has shown that exercise, movement, and certain types of meditation can help the condition and brain during depressive episodes.

In this blog, we will discuss in detail some meditative modalities which can help in major depressive disorder, and help ease anxiety caused by it.

Meditation for depression:

Meditation doesn't cure depression but it can provide the strength to deal with it. Most of the time, depression is triggered by some sort of stress and anxiety and meditation is a great way by which you can alter the way your brain reacts to and perceives these triggers.

Meditative Moments:

One of the most common forms of meditation is Yoga and Tai Chi. You may find them challenging as a beginner, but has many benefits once you get accustomed. Mentioned below are some of the ways which will help you in getting started with meditative moments before you begin your movement-

  • Get in a comfortable position:

As a beginner it is helpful if you set a timer for how long you'd like to meditate-with a soft sound to bring you back into awareness. Sit or lie down in a comfortable position before you start your meditation. It is best that you find a sacred and quiet space you'd like to practice meditation. Close your eyes and try to relax your body and mind.

  • Pay attention to your breath:

Take deep cleansing breaths through the nose and focus on it for a few seconds. Try to pay attention towards the sound of your breath and how it feels to inhale and exhale through your nostrils.

  • Body Scan:

Next step is to shift your attention from breath to your body, it is known as body scan. Try to focus and be mindful of your body parts, starting from your feet. Take slow deep breaths and pay close attention to how each body part feels as you begin to scan the body with the breath. Does it feel tense or painful? Do you feel relaxed? If a certain part feels painful or tense, you can start visualizing sending relaxing breaths towards it. Being more mindful of your body helps you in keeping your mind calm and relaxed and helps regulate your emotions.

  • Deal with any unwanted thoughts:

If there are any unpleasant thoughts in your mind, try to drift them off slowly by taking your attention towards your mind and body. It is very common for your mind to wander off in other directions but don't worry about it or judge yourself, just remember to redirect it towards your meditation and breath

Keep in mind that depression is a very serious mental-health condition, meditation can help you in dealing with it but it's not the ultimate cure. If you notice your symptoms worsening, get professional help as soon as possible.

Sometimes Depression can be Debilitating Here are Some Resources For Those Moments:

NAMI is the largest grassroots organization devoted to improving the lives of those affected by mental illness. Through various programs, it aims to change public perception about mental illness, help its members manage mental illness, and build up family relationships. Reach the help line at 800-950-NAMI (800-950-6264) or text “NAMI” to 741741.

If you need to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)

And Remember, You Are Not Alone.

xoxoxo 🤍🤍🤍


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