Life can be stressful, especially when coping with illness, grief, anxiety, or depression. One way to help calm your body and mind and achieve some peaceful moments is through meditation. Studies show that practicing meditation may help a number of health conditions, as well as promoting better sleep and lifting your mood.
Meditation is considered a mind-body complementary or “integrative” therapy, and it may be used together with standard or conventional treatment for some health conditions. Meditation is generally considered safe and uses concentration or reflection to relax the body and calm the mind.
People may use meditation to help balance their emotions, and just feel better overall. Here are some of the things studies have told us about the health benefits of meditation, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH):
There are many ways to meditate. Some meditation practitioners recommend repeating a word or phrase aloud, while some use physical movement, such as tai chi or qi gong. Many people meditate by simply finding a quiet place, closing their eyes, and focusing on their breathing or other soothing elements.
According to the NIH, most types of meditation have 4 things in common:
Learn more about using complementary therapies during and after cancer treatment. And remember it’s very important to talk to your doctor or nurse about any complementary method you are using or thinking about trying.
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