How meditation can ease depression

The non-judgy thing is key in meditation: People with depression usually put themselves down. Photo: Pexels

(Linda Rodgers/ The Healthy) — Depression is more common than you may think. Roughly 17.3 million adults over 18 experienced an episode of this mood disorder in 2017, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

When you have major depressive disorder (a depression that lasts for more than two weeks), it affects your mood, sleep, appetite, and interest in life. Depressed people can have symptoms like exhaustion and irritability too.

A regular mindfulness-based meditation practice can interrupt a cycle of negative thinking. Here’s how meditation can help depression, and how to start practicing. (…)

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