Meditation is an ancient Eastern practice that is used today to lead to a mentally healthier life. Meditation can help you cope with everyday life, reduce stress and improve your overall wellbeing.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a type of mind–body or relaxation therapy.
During meditation, you concentrate your mind on one particular thing, such as your breathing, sounds, body movements and feelings or a mantra (chant).
What are the health benefits of meditation?
Meditation has both physical and mental health benefits. It can help you manage the symptoms of many health conditions, including:
Meditation can also have benefits for your mental health including helping to:
How to meditate
Even though many different meditation techniques exist, the general ideas are similar.
- Find yourself a quiet spot so that you don’t get easily distracted.
- Get settled into a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or lying on the floor.
- Close your eyes.
- Focus your attention on one thing, such as your breathing, the sounds around you or a specific object.
Meditation works best when it is done regularly, so it is best to keep practicing until you find a technique that suits you so that it can easily become a habit.
Tips to keep you going
Meditation can be done anywhere and you do not need much time. Try starting with one to 2 minutes each day, and then increasing the time gradually over weeks or months. It takes time, patience and practice to meditate.
If you need some help, try:
- doing a meditation course
- attending weekly meditation classes
- using a meditation DVD or YouTube video
- using a mental health app, such as Smiling Mind
You can find other digital mental health resources by visiting the Australian Government's Head to Health website.
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Last reviewed: April 2020