Ketamine and meditation can go hand in hand when developing a mental health routine. It is a beneficial lifestyle therapy for many. For others, meditation can be helpful to mentally process the ketamine treatment itself.
Meditation and Mental Health
There are countless therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists that recommend meditation. Used as a daily practice, it can be as simple as 5 minutes of breathing. The act of focusing on your breath allows the mind to rest from the stressors of 21st-century existence.
When a stressful moment occurs, it can give you the ability to recognize the emotions involved and why you are feeling them. With this, you can use the pragmatic side of your mind to come to a decision. This is known as the “wise mind.”
If you enjoy movement, there are ways to meditate while using your body. Most will think of yoga which is a great choice. However, there are other things like dancing, jogging or even rock climbing. These activities will focus your mind and leave the rest of the world behind.
Why is Meditating Hard for Me?
You’re not the only one, at first, it is difficult to quiet the mind. In the beginning, try to think of every breath. Breathe deeply and from your belly. Counting in 4 and hold to 8 and out 4 more seconds works well for many.
Meditation is called a “practice” for a reason. Don’t become frustrated if your mind wanders. Simply recognize and breathe it away, get back to your practice. Once you can do it for 5 minutes, try 10. Whenever you feel you need to take a break from the day, try it. You will be surprised at the stress lifted and the clear-headedness you can achieve.
Meditation with Ketamine
Ketamine and meditation can be very powerful tools when combined. It is used to reach a deeper sense of self. This understanding of the inner working of your mind is part of the healing process. Especially notable for patients with PTSD or Treatment-resistant depression. When undergoing a session with your doctor, simply breathing and meditating for a few minutes can calm nerves and put the mind in a beneficial place.
We don’t all have to be Zen masters or sit on a mountain in silence for a month. Just trying to allow yourself to wash it all away for 5 or 10 minutes is medically shown to have serious benefits.
If the complete silence bothers you, try some calming music or find a guided meditation online. There are plenty of resources to help you learn. Often a calming voice with simple mantras is a good place to start.
Where are meditation and ketamine being studied?
There have been numerous studies on this topic, both individually and together. The results are noticeable and promising. One study was conducted by Psychiatry at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, USA. The study looked at TMS, mindfulness, and ketamine therapies in patients with addiction. Cravings and the urge to use again were significantly lowered.
Ask for help
The Neuroscience Center is a proponent of innovative techniques such as TMS Ketamine. Our findings are equally positive. If you are suffering from treatment-resistant depression or related mood disorders. Please reach out to us. We are here to develop a treatment program tailored to your issues. Ultimately, getting you back to the person you want to be.
Stay mindful and positive!