More people than ever are suffering from chronic depression. It could be because of all the demands society imposes on us or genetics, or both. The fact of the matter is that depression can keep you from living a life of purpose and fulfilment. That is, of course, if you let it.
How Depression Affects Your Everyday Life
- Constant feelings of sadness and hopelessness
- Chronic unexplained pain
- Sleep disorders and fatigue
- Changes in appetite (loss or overeating)
- Suicidal thoughts
Many people believe that depression is a mental health condition that can’t be cured. And they are (kind of) right if genetics is the origin of the problem (I’m still on the fence about this one – new evidence is coming out every day with regards to psychedelic psychotherapy that is showing incredible results with even treatment-resistant depression). But, while there isn’t exactly a cure for depression, it doesn’t mean it can’t be managed. There is one practice that, if added to your daily routine, can make the world of difference to a person suffering from depression. Meditation, for even a few minutes per day, has proven to be extremely successful.
How Meditation Can Help You Manage Depression
How is it that something as complex as depression can be managed by something so simple? It’s because, while meditation is simple in theory, it is a complex practise that positively affects and changes your brain long term.
According to scientific research, various parts of the brain activates during meditation. And the results:
- Enlarging grey matter
- Increasing volume in areas related to self-control, positive emotions and emotion regulation
- Increasing cortical thickness
Learning to manage and transform depression through meditation will enable you to live a meaningful and happy life. Of course, you’ll still have days where you won’t feel like facing the world, but that is completely normal.
Need Help from a Professional?
Facing emotional depression on your own seems like a daunting task and you don’t have to! An Integrative coach can help you determine your triggers and guide you through the entire process so you can learn to manage your symptoms.
Book your free discovery session with Integrative Coaching today and start the journey to a brand new, happy life!