Meditation uses concentration or reflection to deeply relax and calm the mind. This can help reduce feelings of fear, pain, anxiety and depression.
Regular meditation practice can help people feel more in control of themselves and their lives. Many studies have shown that regular meditation lowers blood pressure and reduces the pulse rate, as well as reducing anxiety and stress levels.
You can use CDs to meditate at home or you may find it helpful to meditate in a group until you are familiar with the technique.
You can ask your GP or hospital doctor if they offer meditation or check with a complementary therapy organisation.
Meditation may not be suitable for people who have mental health problems. If you have or have had a mental illness, it’s important to get advice from your doctor before considering meditation.