How To Use Mindfulness Meditation To Reduce Anxiety and Depression – Video


Mindfulness Meditation has great promise as a treatment for reducing anxiety and depression. One of the people at the forefront of teaching mindfulness in Western Medicine is Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn created a stress and pain reduction program at the University Of Massachusetts Medical Center. Today, he speaks around the world about the value of mindfulness meditation.

This presentation is part guidance and part practice. Kabat-Zinn’s brief introduction will teach you to meditate on your own. There are many ways to practice mindfulness meditation, but only one way to make it work: do it.

Below is a link to a presentation by Kabat-Zinn at Google. If you prefer to see just the guided meditation, (about 20 minutes) start the video here.

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Mindfulness Meditation as a Self Help Treatment for Anxiety and Depression


An update on mindfulness meditation as a self-help treatment for anxiety and depression.

Mindfulness meditation appears to help reduce depression and anxiety, though we need more formal research, according to this research article.

The article states that “research has also consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of mindfulness training on stress reduction and reducing negative mood states, as well as for improving the emotional well-being and quality of life of individuals dealing with chronic physical illness (e.g., hypertension, human immunodeficiency virus, depression secondary to pain).”

How does meditating help? According to the article, “meditation involves the intentional and repeated practice of intentionally activating the body’s relaxation response and has shown potential to improve one’s ability to manage stress, which has been shown to underlie various physical and psychological illnesses.”

What is Mindfulness? “Mindfulness refers to the process of intentionally bringing one’s attention, in a nonjudgmental manner, to the internal and external experiences that exist in the present moment. This may include awareness of sensations, thoughts, bodily states, consciousness, and the environment, while simultaneously encouraging openness, curiosity, and acceptance.”

How do you practice mindfulness? Check out this post to watch a video and learn more.

 

Becoming Happier – Practical Things You Can Do Now


The Pursuit of Happiness

There have been thousands of books and articles written on happiness. Across these works, some consistent ideas have emerged for being happy. This article from Psychology Today covers many practical steps you can take, including:

  1. Practice Mindfulness – bring yourself into the present moment and enjoy what you are experiencing right now instead of living in your mind in the past or the future
  2. Set Goals – We are happier when we are making progress toward things that make us happy
  3. Keep Choice Options Small – too many choices for a given situation drives stress, reducing the set of options to a critical few can help
  4. Write Gratitude Notes – Write notes or letters to yourself or others expressing gratitude for what you experience each day
  5. Live Your Values – Take steps to become your ideal vision of yourself

The full article can be found here.

 

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