Depression and anxiety are some of the most common mental illnesses faced by adults. Work-related stressors, interpersonal relationship issues and generally faster-paced lifestyles can contribute to high levels of stress. Chronic stress and depression can have some serious consequences for an individual’s life. There are possible side effects to the physical body, such as high levels of blood pressure, increased risk for heart disease and cause a compromised immunity system.
Moreover, people with depression have tendencies to socially isolate themselves, reducing the chance of someone reaching out to them when in need of support and guidance. Such mental illnesses can also have detrimental effects on cognitive function and memory.
There have been many scientific tests done to research the efficacy of meditation and activities fo mindfulness of stress and depression. Time and again, such studies support the benefits of meditation on reducing distressful tendencies in people. One such study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed significant reductions in anxiety and depression levels among 22 individuals (Psychology Today, 2019). Moreover, when followed-up with three months after the study, 20 out of the 22 participants continued to incorporate meditation in their daily routines, while 21 of them carried on to practice breathing techniques and mindfulness daily. This could be seen as a testament to the effectiveness of the practice and its ease maintenance on a day to day basis.