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December 30, 2020 / By thadmin2

What I need to know about meditation

  1. What is meditation?
  2. Meditation techniques
  3. Meditation and disorders
  4. How Thrive uses meditation

 

What is meditation?

 

Meditation involves refocusing our thoughts in order to achieve a desirable state of mind. 

Meditation provides a plethora of benefits, some of which include: 

  • Enhanced self-awareness 
  • Lengthened attention-span 
  • Improvement in sleep 

Most notably, meditation is an excellent tool for reducing stress and/or anxiety levels. The benefits of meditation are exceptionally relevant in Singapore. The 2019 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey – Well and Beyond has revealed that 92% of working adults in Singapore reported being stressed, that being higher than the global average of 84%. Furthermore, Singaporean students are more likely to experience education-induced anxiety as compared to students from other nations (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2017). 

 

What are some meditation techniques?

 

There are many types of meditation and there is no inherent best or worst meditation technique, as certain techniques might work better for some and not others. Thus, it is important that we find the meditation technique that works best for us. Some of the more popular forms of meditation are mindfulness meditation, focused meditation and progressive meditation

  • Mindfulness meditation – The aim of mindfulness meditation is to be present in the moment. This is done by acknowledging distracting thoughts, before simply letting them pass without judgment. Mindfulness meditation aids us in relieving stress/anxiety and even be more focused at the task at hand.
  • Focused meditation – Focused meditation involves focusing on the 5 senses. It could be something as simple as focusing on your breathing, or even the sensation of your body leaning against the back of a chair.
  • Progressive meditation – Progressive meditation aims to promote relaxation by releasing the tension in the body. This is often done by tensing and relaxing the different body muscles in a systematic manner. 

At Thrive Psychology Clinic, we recognise the individual needs of every child. Hence, our goal is to employ the technique that best suits the needs of your child.

 

Meditation and mental health

 

Meditation can be used to help treat psychiatric illnesses, alter certain behaviours and help relieve stress and anxiety amongst many other benefits. Not only do studies support the claims of meditation being able reduce stress and improve wellbeing, these studies also suggest that meditation can help solve more serious problems such as anxiety, addiction, aggressive behaviour, depression and even suicidal behaviour. The benefits of meditation can be attributed to two main factors – (1) reduced autonomic arousal, and (2) increased blood flow and allocation of resources.

  • Reduced autonomic arousal helps to calm us down, and also encourages growth and cognitive flexibility. Brain imaging studies have shown that this decrease in arousal may increase the density of grey matter in areas related to attention.
  • Increased blood flow and allocation of resources to brain regions associated with executive functioning and working memory help explain why meditation may help reduce reaction time and enhance problem solving skills. 

 

Meditation at Thrive Psychology

 

At Thrive Psychology Clinic, meditation is often incorporated into therapy sessions for clients who experience stress and anxiety. By first ensuring that the patient is calm and able to control their emotions, it allows the psychologist to target and solve the root cause of their problems more easily.

As pioneers of Virtual Reality Therapy(VRT) in Singapore, we seek to incorporate meditation with VRT. The use of VRT provides a simulation that centers around the patient, making it easier for them to be immersed in an environment/situation, in turn enhancing the meditation process. This is particularly effective for younger clients who may find it difficult to visualise without the aid of images and simulation.

Here at Thrive Psychology Clinic, we recognise the uniqueness of each individual. Hence, we are always broadening our therapeutic services to ensure that all our clients’ have their mental well-being cared for in an individualised manner. Find out more about our services here. 

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References: 

Bertone, H. (2020, October 02). Which Type of Meditation Is Right for You? Retrieved 

December 28, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/types-of-meditation

McGee, M. (2008, January). Meditation and psychiatry. Retrieved December 28, 2020, from 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2719544/

OECD (2017), PISA 2015 Results (Volume III): Students’ Well-Being, PISA, OECD Publishing, 

Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/9789264273856-en.

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https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation