Meditation, an ancient mind-body practice, may do wonders to relieve modern-day stress – and enhance overall well-being. In general, meditation involves learning to focus your attention. And, yes, it’s been done for thousands of years. But, research on the benefits of this practice is still ongoing.
It has been shown to produce positive changes in the body. For example, meditation may:
Some research suggests meditation may be helpful in easing stress and certain conditions, including:
Some people with chronic illnesses – such as cancer and heart disease – also use it to help cope with physical and emotional symptoms. If you’d like to give meditation a try, you can learn forms of it from classes, books, CDs, DVDs or online programs. But, you can also practice mindfulness on your own. Here are some basics for beginners:
Provided by Arleen Fitzgerald L.I.C.S.W. Arleen Fitzgerald has a master's degree and has been an independently licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist for the past 20 years in public and private practice settings. She works in the field of integrating medical and behavioral health care.