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Mindfulness Meditation vs Medication for Anxiety

A new study on anxiety in JAMA Psychiatry shows a mindfulness program works as well as the popular anti-anxiety medication Lexapro. This story from NPR points out the benefits and side effects of medication vs mindfulness meditation, and how utilizing the two together is also a positive option.

But what about both? Mindfulness meditation has been around for thousands of years. Certainly, working with a teacher to understand the techniques of breath work, and mindfulness and how they work together to help one observe the anxious thoughts rather than to listen to them, is optimal. There are also apps one can download that work well and are a convenient method.

All of our efforts to slow our lives down and practice mindfulness takes time, but isn’t that the point? Self care is healthcare and if we don’t take care of ourselves as individuals, who will?

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The wind blows my hair

striding along…

without any cares,

the landscape enticing

roses scent the air.

Breathing deeply,

feeling free

Fresh air pumping

the blood in my veins.

aware in the moment,

inhabiting a body

aware in the foment

the key to all fear…

is just being present

in order to share.

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