More studies on the brain are advancing a powerful truth: meditation is powerful medication. Whether it’s treating anxiety, depression, addiction, or a host of other mental health issues, meditation is proven to change your brain for the better. Science now affirms what times spiritual wisdom new all along—meditation heals body, mind, and spirit.
Fear and anxiety—products of our primal “Survival Brain” can overwhelm us during a crisis. They can strongly trigger our brain’s innate “stress-response” in many people. Our “Survival Brain” generates stress in a number of ways:
- Fear and worry about your own health and that of your loved ones
- Changes to our routine or disruption to our schedule
- Anxiety over employment and income.
Left unchecked, stress can generate a host of issues, such as:
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Addiction to alcohol, substances, or other drugs
- Increased inflammation in the body
- Depression, mood disorders, and panic
Meditating helps you reduce anxiety of all kinds by altering your reaction to negative feelings and threats in your life. The aim of meditation is not to push aside stress or block out negative thinking, but rather to notice those thoughts and feelings, all the while understanding that you don’t have to act on them. As you navigate the days and weeks ahead coping with stress in positive ways will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Learn more strategies and tools to achieve health and wellbeing in my recent book Science of a Happy Brain: Thriving in the Age of Anger, Anxiety & Addiction.
View your health holistically—brain, body and being. Avoid sugar and processed foods, as they increase inflammation and suppress your immunity to disease. When feelings of anxiety or panic pops up, stop and take ten, slow, deep breaths. Science affirms that doing so will regulate your body’s “stress- response” system, strengthen your immune system, and increase resilience.
Yet, just as with following a proper diet and exercise, it takes time to feel results from regular meditation. With practice, meditation can help you control how you react to the stress and anxiety.
To get you started, please enjoy your Free Guided Audio Meditation for Calm by Dr. Jay to help you feel centered, focused, and relaxed.
Stay Calm. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy.
Your Happiness Professor
Author of “Science of a Happy Brain”
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