Meditation for Anxiety, Depression and ADD


Multitasking means trying to complete several tasks all at once, but it surely takes a toll on your concentration and sometimes it may lead to depression and anxiety. Just 10 minutes of meditation can bring your focus back.

Let’s consider a hypothetical situation. You are working on a project and suddenly the phone rings. After you wrap up the call, you start surfing the social media sites and reading your texts. When you try to bring your concentration back to work, you realize that all your concentration has been zapped.

Quite obvious that you have been in this situation before. This happens because the brain has not been wired for multitasking, says Daniel Goleman, psychologist and science journalist. Daniel explains that brain cannot work on parallel tasks at the same time. So, the concentration levels go down when we try to come back to the task at hand.

There are many sources of distraction and so, it is pretty difficult to remain focused and attentive. Researchers claim that as less at 10 minutes of meditation a day can help you find your focus. These benefits can be seen as soon as the person starts practicing it.


How Meditation Improves Focus of the Mind?

You Can Bounce Back from Distractions with Ease

Daniel Goleman says that each time you get distracted, you need to bring the attention back to your breath, and this will prevent the mind from wandering and will strengthen the neural circuitry of the brain responsible for focus.

This can be put into our daily lives. – when we get distracted by a text or when the phone rings, we can still manage to easily come back to what we were doing. If you feel that you have lost your concentration over the duration of the day, you can take a small break of meditation in the lunch hours, and this can bring your attention back.

Meditation Helps You Cope Better with Stress

Those, who meditate can better tame their reaction to stress. Research suggests that meditation makes amygdala quieter. Amygdala is the part of the brain, which responds to stress.

So, people, who meditate can hold themselves better in situations of intense pressure, take things lighter and do not get disturbed and overwhelmed with unwelcome emotions.

It Is Good for People with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Previous research shows that meditation is helpful in treating depression and anxiety. But, now the researchers want to see if this can be extended to attention deficit disorder (ADD). It was found by a team of researchers that a classroom of children with ADHD became more focused when they simply practiced breathing exercises.