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Benefits of Mindful Meditation for Depression

Mindful Meditation

With a recent increase in awareness and understanding of mental health disorders worldwide, it follows that meditation and similar practices are steadily gaining mainstream popularity. Mindfulness has roots in Eastern religions of Hinduism and Buddhism, as well as serving secular purposes, and has become a natural coping mechanism to reduce stress and anxiety in Western cultures over the past few decades.

Mindful meditation has long been associated with reducing stress and anxiety, but what effect does it have on depression [1]? The fact is that it can greatly reduce depressive episodes and support overall mental health when coupled with traditional cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

What is Mindful Meditation?

Mindfulness involves being present, fully aware of your