A Quick, Cheap, and Effective Way to Fight Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety

Meditation is good for depression. And so is exercise. But, according to a small new study from Rutgers University, together—in a twice a week regime—they might be better than the sum of their parts.

For the study, published in Translational Psychiatry, researchers  set out to understand how meditation and exercise would affect depression symptoms for 22 participants with clinical depression and 30 mentally healthy participants. Each participant completed a MAP (mental and physical) behavioral therapy regime twice-a-week for eight weeks: 30 minutes of meditation where they were directed to refocus on breathing if they thought about the past or the future. They then exercised for 30 minutes. At the end of the study, participants reported 40 percent fewer depressive systems and less negative thoughts and overall worrying.

Not sure how to get started with meditation? Here are six ways to meditate without anyone finding out what you’re doing.

This article was originally published on RealSimple.com.  Click here to check it out.

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