Meditation For Depression

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Written by theta

Written by theta

September 9, 2021

Depression, something far too common but not talked about enough. Depression shows itself in many different ways and more often than not, these signs interfere with your daily life. You could have low self-esteem that no matter how hard you try, there’s nothing that can turn your gray sky to blue. You may be sleep-deprived and are often staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night thinking about everything from the day before, how you could’ve done things differently, and how you should do them differently moving forward.

Depression lingers, and when gone unaddressed, it can consume you to your core.

What Causes Depression?

We all know someone who suffers from depression, albeit with minor symptoms. Depression affects everyone differently, mainly because it has so many different ways of showing itself. The two most common triggers for depression are stress and anxiety. When these emotions and feelings creep into our minds, negative thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations begin to make their way to the forefront of our being. 

When our prefrontal cortex (PFC) becomes hyperactive, our stress and anxiety levels begin to run wild. Our PFC is the part of our brain that processes information about ourselves and controls many of our emotions. It’s the area of our brain that worries and runs wild when things don’t go according to plan.

As our PFC experiences emotions such as working a dead-end job, feeling isolated, or having negative feelings, another area of our brain, the amygdala, is triggered. This part is responsible for releasing adrenaline and cortisol to help the body cope with these negative feelings to combat them. It’s the body’s way of preparing for fight or flight, even if there truly isn’t a fight or flight situation.

When these two parts of the brain work simultaneously, they unfortunately aren’t working together. The PFC is managing stress and anxiety while the amygdala is releasing adrenaline and cortisol. Essentially two opposite ends of the spectrum. When this happens, negative sensations are met with stress and anxiety only leading to deeper negative feelings, depression. 

Treating Your Depression

If you feel like you or someone you know is depressed, we encourage you to seek help as quickly as you can. As depression lingers, it can often worsen leading to severe depressive episodes multiple times throughout the year.

Some of the most common treatments for depression include using a therapist, prescribed medication, and making lifestyle changes. Sometimes it truly can be as simple as cutting out negative people in our lives.

Another effective solution is meditation.

Meditation for Depression

Meditation is an alteration of the mind to experience a deep state of relaxation by tapping the subconscious mind. It’s the practice of focusing your attention and energy to clear your mind to allow it to think clearly and openly to reduce the clutter and other distractions you may be experiencing.

With a quick definition of meditation, depression is a frontrunner for receiving this type of therapy. Depression can consume an individual and cloud their thoughts leading to darker and cloudier emotions. Through meditation, you’ll address and become more aware of why these negative thoughts are occurring and how to manage and deal with them when they arise.

Contrary to popular belief, meditation isn’t where someone imposes their thoughts and will onto others. It’s opening the mind of yourself to tap into who you are, what you are, and making yourself aware of your emotions and what causes you to feel that way. You’re retraining your brain to recognize these emotions to deal with them in better, more effective ways.

How to Get Started With Meditation for Depression

If you’re thinking about getting started with meditation for depression, you’ve already taken a huge first step. Meditating to reduce depression is an effective way to clear your mind, reduce stress and anxiety, and focus on the positives and bright spots in your life.

The first step is to be open, relaxed, and comfortable. People often think they have to be in the right mindset to meditate. This is partially true, but it’s more about being open and accepting to the idea of meditation. Find a comfortable place to practice. This could be standing up in a dimly lit, quiet room. You may find that sitting down playing calming music is what helps you feel at peace. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable and relaxed, no matter where that may be.

The next step to get started with meditation is to focus on your breathing. Breathing is an autonomous process that our subconscious mind manages for us. Only when we think about breathing do we get out of rhythm and find ourselves having to think about inhaling, and exhaling, inhaling, and exhaling. Take slow, deep breaths to slow down your breathing and to focus on being present. Other thoughts will enter your mind, this is normal, but the most important one at this time is your breathing process. Give as much of your attention to your breathe as possible.

For the last step, begin at your head and slowly think about each part of your body until you reach your toes. Think about every element of your body, what hurts, does anything feel different, do you recognize different sensations you have never experienced before? This step is to see how YOU feel. This step is to get you to recognize that by just slowing down your breathing and focusing on yourself, all of your problems won’t go away, but you’ll be able to focus and better understand what is triggering different emotions. This is the first step towards reducing your depression.

The Theta Approach

The Theta GMS (Guided Meditation and Suggestion) approach involves teaching individuals how to recognize their thoughts, emotions, and feelings without feeling judged or criticized by yourself. The first step towards self-help is being able to address yourself without feeling like someone else will judge you. You need to focus on yourself. 

Theta’s GMS therapy will help you acknowledge your thoughts, your feelings, and your emotions when it comes to depression to help you release those negative elements to look at your life in a more positive light. Our goal is to help you lead a longer, more peaceful, fulfilling life, releasing you from your depression.

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