Does Meditation have Positive Health Effects
July 26, 2019 | Abigail Mckay

Does Meditation have Positive Health Effects


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Meditation is a practice involving the mind and body that has been around for centuries.  The goal of meditation is to achieve an overall sense of calmness and ultimately, relaxation for both the mind and the body. Though people have believed in the health benefits for years, science has started to dive into exactly what benefits can be achieved through the practice.   


Reduction of pain, anxiety, depression, headaches, and blood pressure are just naming a few benefits from regularly participating in meditation. It is essential to note that meditation should never be substituted for modern medicine, but instead, meditation is meant to complement other treatments.  To meditate, there are four key components that are necessary for a successful practice which include a quiet space, a comfortable position, a focus point, and an open mind.  


First and foremost, find a quiet space that is free from distractions.  After finding that space, understand that you can sit, stand, walk or lay to achieve a comfortable position.  Once achieving a quiet space and comfortable position, focus on one key component.  The focus point can range from a phrase that is uplifting and encouraging or instead focused attention on your breathing pattern.  Finally, the key is to let your mind go to wherever it chooses.  This will help achieve the ultimate relaxation, which in turn will positively benefit your mental and physical health.


For further information on complementary approaches to mental and physical health, speak with a physician today at Shifa4U.

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.