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Does Meditation Work for Chronic Illness

Does Meditation work for Anxiety?

As someone who suffers anxiety and gets stressed easily, I started looking into alternatives to just prescribed medications.  My Mum is a Buddhist and this has helped her, so I started to look into meditation and mindfulness techniques.

We have a poster in my living room and the saying on it really means a lot to my mum and me, and I think it should resonate with a lot of people.
“The secret of health, for both mind and body, is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly” (Buddha)
There are many reasons why meditation is proven to be good for us, including:
  • Destressing
  • Increasing happiness
  • Improving concentration
  • Promoting self-awareness
  • Improves the circulatory system

Stress is one of the biggest killers in this day and age and for people suffering from chronic illnesses and pain, meditation can help to rebalance the pain sensors in the body, which gradually helps reduce inflammation.
Reducing stress is also a key factor to helping relieve chronic illness symptoms.
There have also been suggestions (although not 💯 proven) that meditation can reduce reliance on medication eventually.
I have been to a meditation class and I have to say it worked. I thought it was going to be a bit like sitting in a circle and hugging people. It wasn’t. Far from it.
We were given a guided meditation, breathing exercises, and various techniques.

By Yesenia Chavan

Meditation does not work for everyone and for some people it might take a few sessions to get used to it. For me, however, I found it really relaxing.

I especially find it useful using different mindfulness apps on my phone. One of these apps is the Headspace App.
I use it when I’m having a particularly bad anxiety attack or I am struggling to sleep. Unfortunately, it is not a free app, but you can have a free trial period.
There are different types of meditation or relaxation techniques you can do, including guided meditations and ‘Take 10’ which are short 10-minute relaxing meditations. Perfect for those stressful moments where you can’t dedicate a lot of time.
If you have not tried meditation before and are worried about trying it, I would highly recommend anyone to give it a go.

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