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Healthy Lifestyles

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed with the day-to-day management of a health condition. You’ll have good and bad days. But it’s not normal to be upset or have feelings of sadness that won’t go away. You could be dealing with depression. Depression is a serious issue linked to heart disease and other conditions. It can also make it hard to follow your treatment plan or just get through the day.

Depression has many symptoms besides feelings of sadness. HAP has a program that can help you know if you have depression and help you fnd treatment. In most cases, medication and therapy can ofer relief.

Battling the Blues

Meditation means stopping everyday thoughts and acts to focus on just one thought or act. Regular meditation can:

●● Help you to feel better

●● Ease anxiety

●● Relieve pain

It takes just a few weeks of practice to learn how to do it.

Try this simple meditation for 15 minutes:

1. Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet fat on the foor and your arms supported on armrests or a pillow on your lap. Keep your back straight but not stif.

2. Find the place in your body where you can best feel your breathing. That place may be your nose, your chest or your belly.

3. Bring your attention to that place. Then begin to notice your in-breath and your out-breath.

4. As you concentrate, keep letting your breathing simply happen.

5. Follow each breath, noticing how it feels

when you breathe in and breathe out. Notice the beginning, middle and end of each breath.

6. You will notice your mind wandering. When that happens, gently bring your attention back to your breathing.

7. If you prefer, focus your attention on a mental picture, a word or prayer, or a sound each time you take a breath. You can do this instead of just focusing on your breath.

Meditate for Health

Call (800) 288-2902 to fnd out about screenings for depression and to learn ways to fght it.

Practiced regularly, meditation can improve mood and decrease stress.

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