Have you been depressed of late? Fret not because meditation can help you manage it.

Meditation was found to help in breaking the connection between two regions in your brain that get overactivated when you are depressed – the medial prefrontal cortex or the me center (that gets worked up with stress and anxiety), and the amygdala or the fear center (that triggers the adrenal glands to produce cortisol).

Before we proceed to how it works, we need to understand depression and its causes.

What Is Depression?

Depression is quite complicated. We cannot just break it down to one definition. It occurs due to a mixture of biological, psychological, and sociological factors.

Let’s have a look at some common factors that trigger depression.

Causes For Depression

  • Abuse – physical, emotional, or sexual
  • Some medicines that you take can increase the risk of depression.
  • Fights, arguments, and conflicts with loved ones and close friends
  • The death of a loved one
  • Depression can even be genetic.
  • Any significant changes in your life, either good or bad
  • Feeling lonely or ignored by others
  • Coping with serious illnesses can be exhausting and draining. Depression sometimes becomes a consequence of this.
  • Those with substance abuse problems also suffer from depression. In fact, they are more inclined to do so.

Although it is not easy to pinpoint the exact reason behind depression, there are certain methods that can work well and help you manage it. One such method is mindful meditation. According to a study, mindfulness-based meditation helped improve depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients.

Let’s understand how to do it.

Mindfulness Meditation

  1. Sitting Position
  2. Placement Of Limbs
  3. Breathing Manner
  4. Flow Of Thoughts

1. Sitting Position

Sitting upright is important. It could either be in the Lotus position or the Half-Lotus position. Or even on a chair. You can lean on a wall and use cushions.