Thirty-minute bouts of daily meditation can help ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins Medicine analysis has found.
Researchers at Hopkins analyzed previous studies and found that meditation seemed to provide as much relief for people with mild anxiety and depression as antidepressants.
The researchers looked at 47 clinical trials performed through June 2013 involving 3,515 patients. The studies focused on the impact of meditation on mental and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and chronic pain.
Mindful meditation showed the most promise. This type of meditation focuses on active training of the mind to increase awareness. Many people think meditation means sitting and doing nothing, said Madhav Goyal, leader of the study published Jan. 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.