Anti-depressants. Do you really need them? A better way to break out of depression is the natural way.
It was reported recently that 1 in 10 US adults take antidepressants. When I read this I was very sad. What made my mood worse was when I read that less than a third of the people taking antidepressants have actually been to a mental health professional in the past twelve months. The truth of the matter is that the majority of people taking antidepressants do not need them.
White women constitute the biggest group of people taking antidepressants. 400% more white women are taking antidepressants now as compared to in the early 90s. It isn’t that there are that many more people with depression. It’s simply that anti-depressants are now seen as the “Go to” solution for depression.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know what it is like to experience depression. . . don’t we all? We all suffer from feelings of depression from time to time. It seems it doesn’t take much to leave us feeling depressed. Not exercising, eating unhealthy diets, spending too long on the computer. . . these are all causes of depression. And there are simple and healthy solutions.
Let’s put away the anti-depressants and get back to the natural way.
Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression
There are many great Buddhist meditation techniques that help with beating depression. Depression is becoming more and more a common health problem in this day and age. Thankfully, the Buddhist meditation techniques which we will share on this page are an excellent natural way of overcoming negative thoughts and beating depression. Let’s take a look at the best Buddhist Meditation techniques that help with beating depression. Buddhist Meditation Techniques That Help with Beating Depression 1: Breathing Meditation The best place for any meditation newcomer to start is with breathing meditation. In breathing meditation we simply focus our mind on the sensation of our breath entering and leaving the space between lips and mouth. This simple meditation technique helps to focus and to quiet the mind. If you are suffering from negative thought depression, you will find this meditation technique to be very powerful. Practice breathing meditation for twenty minutes at [...]
There are many depression meditation techniques that can greatly help with depression and with finding a natural cure for depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. Essentially, all types of meditation will help with depression. In the book Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques for Beginners we shared all the best depression meditation techniques. Let take a quick look at some of those techniques now. The Best Depression Meditation Techniques Depression Meditation Technique 1: Breathing meditation To do a breathing meditation simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Specifically, focus on the sensation of your breath coming and going through the space between mouth and nose. This will quiet your mind and allow freedom from depressive thoughts. Depression Meditation Technique 2: Zen Walking Meditation : Exercise helps with depression. This is even more true when you combine that exercise with meditation. Try going for a Zen walk. Walk [...]
Using meditation for depression is one of the best ways of overcoming depression, for many reasons. Firstly, meditation is a very natural and healthy way to beat depression. Meditation also empowers you. Compared to antidepressants—which make you dependent on medication—depression teaches you to heal yourself using your own mind. By learning to meditate you won’t just beat depression, you’ll also learn how to use your mind for all sorts of life goals.
When it comes to learn how to use meditation to treat depression, you have to begin with the right philosophy. Meditation, essentially, begins with the fact that you yourself have the power to heal yourself. Meditation puts you in touch with the deeper realms of your mind, examining and changing your thoughts and feelings.
Where a typical approach to depression might be to apply an antidote to a feeling, meditation has you examining and changing the very nature of the feelings.
Most people think “I feel depressed, I need to do THIS or THAT.” A meditation approach says, “What is this feeling of depression? Where does it come from? How do I change it?”
When you’re working with depression you’re looking at the very nature of your mind in its purest form. You’re beginning to understand yourself and your inner workings.
This can be a difficult process at first because most people are not truly aware of their own mind. This is not surprising. Just consider the amount of information you fill your mind with. You read the paper, you watch the news, you go on Facebook and Twitter, you play videogames. . . your mind is full to the brim with junk.
To reveal just how full your mind is, perform this one exercise, a candle meditation.
Go and grab yourself a candle. Light the candle and look at it for a short while. Now close your eyes and try to hold the image of the candle in your mind.
You will find that you are unable to focus on this mental picture of a candle. Thoughts distract you. Maybe you think about food, or what you’re doing later or whatever else. The fact of the matter is that your mind is unable to complete this simple task because it is too full of information.
In amongst all that information is your feelings of depression and your depressive thoughts. They’re in your mind, but you can’t observe them objectively because their lost amongst a swamp of other thoughts.
To begin to use meditation for depression you must learn to slow your mind down so you can focus. You need to clear your mind of superfluous thoughts so you can access those depressed thoughts and then, having accessed them, change them. This is the beginning of meditation for depression: getting your mind to a point where you can actually use it constructively.
So, how do we do that? The best place to begin is with breathing meditation (anapanasti meditation).
How to do Anapanasati Meditation for Depression (Breathing Meditation)
With this meditation technique we will be slowing our minds down, creating calmness and focus. We need to do this in order to get our minds to a state where we can use them effectively. Here’s how to do it. (Read the instructions first, then do the exercise. Leave this page open while you’re doing the exercise, or bookmark it by pressing CTRL + D).
1) Sit comfortably with good posture and making sure that your spine is in healthy alignment.
2) Close your eyes and relax for a few moments.
3) Focus your mind on your breath coming and going through your mouth and nose.
4) Continue focussing on your breathing. As you do this you will experience thoughts. Don’t worry about the thoughts, just let them be. Continue to focus on your breathing.
5) Continue for ten to twenty minutes.
After completing this breathing meditation / anapanasati meditation technique you will find that your mind is slower, clearer and with more focus. Use this meditation regularly to clear your mind. You need a clear and focussed mind before continuing onwards.
Okay, so we have calmed our minds and we are now able to begin to use our mind constructively and to objectively change the way that we are thinking and feeling. Next up we need to actually begin to change our thoughts. There are three ways of doing this.
The three ways of using meditation for depression
1) Mindfulness: Mindfulness meditation is about observing your thoughts and becoming aware of your mind. When you practice mindfulness meditation you are observing your thoughts in a nonjudgmental fashion. When you become aware of your thoughts you are able to change them, but becoming aware of them is the first step.
2) Visualisation Meditation: Visualisation meditation involves imagining very things. For instance, if we want to relax we may imagine and meditate on a relaxing scene, like a beach. We focus our mind on this scene and it helps to relax and to feel a variety of positive emotions.
3) Dhyana Meditation: Dhyana Meditation involves focussing on an idol. However, in this instance where we are using it for depression, we are going to meditate on the idea of a happy version of ourselves. When we meditate on a happy version of ourselves we teach our minds an alternative way of being. We train our minds to create the happy version of ourselves, rather than the depressed version.
We need to use all three of these meditation techniques for depression. So, let’s jump right in and get started with the mindfulness meditation.
Mindfulness Meditation for Depression
When we are practicing mindfulness meditation for depression we are essentially doing two things: 1) becoming aware of our thoughts and 2) lessening the affect those thoughts have on us. Here’s how to do a mindfulness meditation for depression.
1) Sit comfortably with good posture.
2) Close your eyes and relax for a few minutes.
3) Focus your mind on your breathing.
4) When thoughts enter your mind, observe them in a nonjudgmental fashion. Simply look at the thought for what it is: a thought. As you do this, say to yourself “This is just a thought, it is not reality.”
5) Return to focussing on your breathing.
This simple mindfulness meditation lessens the affect depressive thoughts have on you. Regular practice will completely eliminate those depressive thoughts.
Visualisation Meditation for Depression
With the visualisation meditation for depression we are going to train our minds to create happy, relaxing and calming images. These images will replace our depressive thoughts and create inner peace and happiness. Here’s how to do it.
1) Choose an ideal scene which you are going to create in your imagination. You want to create a scene which will relax you and leave you feeling positive. For some, this might be the scene of a relaxing beach, or floating on a cloud, or being out in nature. Choose a scene that will work for you.
2) Sit with good posture.
3) Close your eyes and relax for a few moments.
4) Focus your mind on your breathing.
5) You are now going to create your imaginary scene. You need to create the scene in detail. So, begin with the visuals. What does the scene look like? Build your imaginary scene up, imagining the colours, shapes and so on. Then imagine and smells, like the salty sea of the beach scene. Next imagine feeling sin your body, sounds and tastes. Build your entire scene with enough detail for you to believe in it absolutely.
6) Now meditate on the scene for ten minutes.
This imaginary scene is now in you. You can access it at any time. Any time you need to relax just return to this relaxing scene. This is like a quick and healthy shot of calmness that you can take whenever you need it.
Dhyana Meditation for Depression
The final meditation technique that we will look at here is a Dyana meditation, a meditation in which you are going to imagine yourself as you want to be. Here’s how to do it.
1) Decide what the perfect you is. Are you happy, confident, relaxed etc? How do you feel? What do you look like? What are you doing? What is the perfect version of you? Choose something powerful, an idea of yourself which is going to motivate you.
2) As per usually, close your eyes, relax and focus on your breathing for a couple of minutes.
3) The process for the Dhyana meditation is similar to the visualisation meditation. Begin by imagining, in detail, the perfect you. See yourself, feel yourself. . . imagine the perfect you.
4) Now, you are going to meditate on this idea of yourself while asking it to become one with you. Focus your mind on your perfect self and ask this perfect you to join you. Ask to become one with the perfect you.
5) Continue this meditation for ten minutes.
You now have three powerful meditation techniques for depression. With these techniques you can silence depressive thoughts (with the mindfulness meditation technique), create relaxation (with the visualisation technique) and move towards your ideal self (with the Dhyana technique).
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