There have been several studies that have concluded that meditation improves depression symptoms. The main form of meditation studied was mindfulness meditation.
Simple form of meditation
Mindfulness meditation typically consists of someone sitting still with a straight back and their eyes closed. The idea is to focus on your breath and when stray thoughts enter your mind, you return to the breath. This improves your self awareness and you ability to focus on the present moment and put things in perspective. If you find yourself daydreaming too often in important situations, mindfulness meditation may be perfect for you. Meditation may ease your depression by stopping, for a while, the worries and fears that you may be experiencing.
Is meditation what you need?
Well, that’s up to you. You can’t just sit down with a meditation app for 10 minutes and expect all your problems to disappear, but with a consistent regimen over a period of a few weeks, you can experience some very drastic differences in your depression symptoms.
If you think you have depression, talk to your doctor in order to rule out any causes and get on a treatment plan. Sometimes meditation is not effective enough to eliminate depression entirely, but it can be a great supplement to medication to help improve your quality of life!