Are you looking for a way to nourish and cultivate your mental health? If so, how did you get past the societal stigma about physical health preceding mental health in terms of importance? When did you become interested in the correlation between meditation and mental illness?
Perhaps you are looking for a way to better yourself. Perhaps you are interested in what causes mental illness and how to prevent and/or lessen its impact on your life. Then again, maybe mental illness affects someone near and dear to your soul.
Regardless of the reason, listed or otherwise, you are on the right website reading the right post. The answer to whether or not there is a correlation between meditation and mental illness will be answered and then some. Moreover, you will be able to determine whether or not the correlation is positive, negative, or not at all correlated.
There are eight things to consider concerning this topic:
- Enhanced Mental Health
- Greater Brain Hemisphere Balance
- Less Mental Fog
- More Joy and Peace
- Stronger Insight into Your Condition
- Mental Fitness
- Less Impact from Underlying Disorder(s)
- Greater Ability to Cope with Chronic Stressors and/or Pain
Note: This article’s intent is not to make a medical diagnosis. If you suspect that you or someone you know suffers from mental illness, please don’t hesitate to seek professional treatment effective immediately. Your life and its quality matter.
Enhanced Mental Health
If nothing else, meditation is a sure way to enhance your mental health. And, as with intelligence, it increases and improves every attribute of your being. Even if you have a mental illness, meditation can definitely enhance the quality of your mental health. As a result, it boosts the probability of you getting well and at least treating your condition(s).
Nonetheless, I would recommend that you definitely talk to your doctor or health professional. That way you can decide what works in your best interest. After all, there are many known and unknown factors to take into consideration.
At the end of the day, it is best to do what you think is the best for your life. And while meditation is one of the best ways to enhance your mental health, only your experience can answer if it prevents or weakens a psychological illness.
It’s just always important to check in with your local or family doctor. Meditation’s goal is to help your move forward.
Better mental health is the first step to recovery.
Greater Brain Hemisphere Balance
This one is also known as the synchronization between both hemispheres. Basically, the left hemisphere deals with logic, structure, order, clarity, and direction. On the other hand, the right hemisphere deals with emotion, creativity, intuition, and symbolism, and flow. For most people, this is out of balance. It is very easy to garner a monkey brain and have a hard time focusing.
Matter of factly, meditation has been shown to help people who suffer from ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) and ADD (essentially the same minus the hyperactive portion).
So, yes meditation does weaken the link with mental illness but it also keeps/gets your chemicals in balance.
And what matters most is not how long you meditate but how frequently you meditate.
Plus, when examining how the brain looks before and after meditation, you see a radical transformation. Before meditation, there is virtually no harmony between the two hemispheres. But after just 15 minutes, you see very pronounced brain synchronization. Imagine how enhanced this quality will be if you meditate daily. Sometimes more than once a day.
The effects are even more profound after 25 minutes of meditation. Indeed, perhaps all you need is a symbiotic relationship with your left and right brain hemispheres.
In the name of balance, communication, colorful, of course, is not only key but also a vital factor.
You are whole brain synchronization.
Less Brain Fog
Sometimes brain fog can contribute to mental illness. When you think about it, it is not exactly normal for your brain to be foggy. This can be the result of many lifestyle and psychological factors, such as the foods you eat, the people you hang out with, the environment you live in, and the genes you inherit.
However, none of this is your fault. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You just have to be enlightened about how these factors play a role in your life. Moreover, you have to identify what doesn’t work.
And, that’s what meditation does. It helps you to dissipate the fog on your brain. As a result, you can see more clearly into your life and any condition you may or may not suffer from.
More important, brain fog causes anxiety and depression, which are mental illnesses. Contrary to popular belief, all mental ailments are equally important, valid, and worth treating. Regardless if it is mild, moderate, or severe, the fog has got to go.
Because of this, less brain fog contributes to more clarity, focus, and direction. Essentially, meditation makes the journey to mental wellness 100s of times easier. Then again, you have to see it for yourself.
The most illuminating moment is seeing how a condition out of your control has blinded you. Then you’ll see.
More Joy and Peace
It is suggested that you begin to see results from meditation after just four days.
Not to mention how you are not expected to meditate like a pro when you are just starting. To prevent any more trauma, it is recommended that you just dip your toe in the water so to speak. Test the waters and go from there. Consequently, you’ll be much happier by taking yourself into consideration.
And when you experience more joy and peace it begins to cancel out the anxiety and depression. As a result, your body grows accustomed to good vibrations and accepts this as fact.
Sure, you might experience friction at the beginning but over time joy and peace are going to color your life.
Moreover, joy and peace encourage more positive thoughts, feelings, and actions. Therefore, there is a great chance that meditation will improve your condition in every possible way. Watch your reality shift to a higher, more blissful frequency.
Stronger Insight Into Your Condition
For instance, if you didn’t think anything was wrong with your brain chemistry, meditation can give you this insight.
Meditation makes you even more emotionally intelligent. Again, you shift from being self-conscious to embodying actual self-awareness. And if you were already pretty darn self-aware, meditation is going to only help.
The great news is that the more you know about your struggles, the more effective your treatment is going to be. Thus, the effects are more profound beginning with the depth of your understanding.
Besides, this helps you to be more objective. And sometimes that’s what you need: a second or third set of eyes to scrutinize the real deal behind your struggles.
The stronger your insight, the stronger your ability to treat, if not, resolve your condition.
Indeed, sometimes all you need is to strengthen certain muscles in your brain. Other times you just need more gray matter to help your psyche fill out a bit (or a lot!!!). Both of which are perfectly okay.
For example, if you never work out, you are going to physically ill. Whether it’s push-ups, side-ups, sprints, walks in the park, Planet Fitness, or the whole nine yards, you need exercise on a daily if not weekly basis, right. Isn’t it a general rule of fitness to build stamina and promote wellness?
The same concept applies to your mental health. More often than not, you just need to work out more. You need to hit your mental gym so to speak. Also, physical exercise can also improve your mental health and/or condition. So, don’t rule that out.
Anyway, meditation is one of the most effective ways to get your mental muscles tone, fit, and in shape.
As with physical exercise, you likely need to just burn off what is no longer needed.
And while you are strong, your brain just needs to be strengthened to its natural state. Again, what matters is how frequently you meditate. Not how long.
Hit the road, Jack!
Less Impact From Underlying Disorder(s)
While meditation won’t necessarily cure you, it can purify you. It can help you become more solidified and fortified on your journey. Of course, it is like the guardian angel you never had. Meditation gives you wings to fly above all obstacles.
But, Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day. Witnessing the full, unlimited benefits of meditation takes time, effort, and patience. Nonetheless, it is well worth the wait. The least meditation can do is build up your immunity. You just need enough mental white cells to ward off the virus infiltrating your sacred temple. Yes, you read that correctly. You’ve got to take care of yourself.
Like you want someone else to love you. Yet, meditation personifies itself at every twist and turn in your story.
It acts as a protective shield against the dangers of your mind. It reminds you of how far you’ve come in the last two weeks.
Above all, meditation gives you a robust, healthy, and vibrant immune system, in more ways than one.
Sure, it isn’t the cure. But, if you are looking to experience less extreme and intense highs and lows, meditation just might do the trick. You’ve gotta sustain yourself somehow. Why not thrive amidst the trials and tribulations of time?
In addition to this, meditation is not perfection. It is progress every day in every way.
Greater Ability to Cope with Chronic Stressors and/or Pain
To come full circle, mental illness can handicap this prized trait known as resilience. It can make it incredibly difficult to bounce back. Like double the trouble.
Despite this, there is hope at the end of the tunnel. The grass is greener on the other side of today.
Meditation is a key method to being okay with life. It is more about being non-judgmental acceptance than seeking validation.
If you have ever felt out of balance, chemically and otherwise, meditation is great for grounding. Centering your chakras, or energy centers, as well.
One of the reasons why it is hard to cope with mental illness is that it is a snowball effect. You are dealing with an accumulation of pain, trauma, and abuse that’s never quite healed. Or perhaps you are dealing with the trouble and toil of your ancestors. This is called epigenetics.
Truth be told, you deserve to be free in every attribute of your being. Freedom and completion indeed.
In the end, that’s why meditation helps you to cope better. It allows you to let go and release. No matter how heavy the energetic densities. Now, the only snowball effect you have to worry about are the immense benefits that follow.
Meditation is the gateway to feeling your way through the pain to heal it and come out on top.
Because of this, you set yourself up for greater, more solidly realized mental health outcomes.
The better you cope, the better your results.
If you made it this far, then congratulations. I am glad that you took the time out of your day, to garner more needed clarity.
I would like to encourage you to keep making progress. No pressure. No hassle. All self-love and compassion. I am just so happy that you are a few steps closer to more mental wellness. And in a world in which it is easy to lose yourself, I am grateful that you get to find the real you.
Because even in the valley times, you are not only the mountain but also the mountain top.
Furthermore, your mental health is just as important as any other form of health. And whether you suffer from mental illness or not, you are not your condition or psychological problems. You are much stronger, greater, and better. You are loved beyond measure as your life and its quality are invaluable, precious, and worthwhile.
And even if meditation doesn’t cure you, it can still heal you. It can and will put an end to your suffering.
In conclusion, you are the boss of your own mental health. Meditate on miraculous results and mental health outcomes.
Thus, the correlation between meditation and mental illness is negative. The more you meditate, the more likely you are to be mentally well.
As you can see, you are mentally well, healthy, and stable!