At AToN Center, we strive to educate our residents on how to balance the mind, body and spirit. One important tool that many of our residents utilize is meditation. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years, and for good reason! It can help with stress reduction and anxiety management.
During a meditative experience, the goal is to focus the mind and let go of competing thoughts that can cause unnecessary distractions. I will often say to our residents, “Notice any sounds that are distracting, let them go, and return your attention back to your breath.” This continued process can result in increased physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
Research also suggests that meditation may be beneficial for physical conditions such as:
- Binge eating
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse
The most important thing to remember is to not judge your meditation skills! There is no right or wrong way to meditate, what matters is that you are attending to your personal needs by taking a break and practicing self-care.
Cassandra Cannon, Ph.D. – Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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