By: Jaiden H.

Meditation is a practice that has been done since as early as 5,000 BCE. Typically associated with religious practices in the east, meditation came to Western cultures around the 18th century. Growing rapidly in Generation Z, meditation is something that all people can benefit from. No matter your age, color, gender, or size! 

Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, lengthen attention span, improve sleep, fight addiction, and can even generate kindness! You don’t have to be a professional yoga instructor or be extremely flexible to meditate. You can start by sitting in a position that is comfortable to you, and appreciate the silence and reflection for a time that feels right. 

Personally, meditation has helped me with my depression. Mental health awareness in general is something that has been increasing exponentially since the 1900s. The US Department of Health and Human Services states that “Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.” It’s hard to make a universal claim about mental health disorders, since there are so many aspects of it. Some can affect your body, your way of thinking, and some can even affect others. Overall, these illnesses could lead to dejection and misery during one's life. However, meditation has been proven to significantly improve your mental well being. By forcing your brain to focus on one thing, meditation subconsciously allows all of one’s negative thoughts to pass. Try it out!

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