Can meditation actually stress you out?

Although it is true that meditation has wonderful benefits for our health, it also has its downsize. For some people, this practice may produce anxiety, panic, traumatic episodes, psychotic outbreaks, or even loss of personal identity.

Although meditating has indeed become very fashionable, it is also true that it brings many benefits to our lives. To perform this ancient practice it is necessary to adopt a comfortable posture, which is normally sitting, and close the eyes to promote concentration. The best place to do it is in a quiet environment and it is strongly recommended to start at a slow pace and sustained breath on which to put our attention.

But sometimes, it is difficult to achieve a state of concentration. Thus, our mind is invaded by other thoughts and concerns that are stressful. 

Sometimes, it is difficult to concentrate and our mind is invaded by other thoughts and concerns that are stressful.

Benefits of Meditation

The main goal of meditation is to reduce the stress that we accumulate in our daily lives. To achieve this, this discipline helps us separate our feeling, thinking, and acting from negative thoughts and bad experiences. If we meditate daily, by reducing levels of stress and anxiety, we will see how our physical and mental health improves: our immune system is strengthened, our digestion improves, and muscle aches resulting from daily stress disappear.

Another of the great benefits of meditation is that it favors a better night's rest because the brain can better manage alertness and relaxation, something that directly reverses our well-being. By meditating we are more aware of the present moment, and that makes us live more calmly, enjoying each moment of life more, promoting our mental agility, our creativity, and our ability to concentrate.

Meditation makes us live more calmly, enjoying each moment of life more, promoting our mental agility and our creativity,

Can meditation be stressful?

On the other hand, meditation can also cause stress in certain people since these benefits are not experienced by everyone. Anxiety, panic, reliving traumatic episodes, psychotic outbreaks, or even loss of personal identity are the unpleasant consequences that the practice of meditation can have for some people. When you have serious mental health problems, like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, meditation can turn into a nightmare.

Meditation places us in front of our ghosts, contradictions, and limitations. Therefore, if we are going through a deep personal crisis, it may not be the best time to start meditation, since the immersion in the thoughts themselves, with a high level of consciousness and detail can cause us more anxiety than relaxation, which is precisely what we are looking for.

If we are going through a personal crisis or mourning, it may not be the best time to start meditation.

The moments of mourning are also delicate because they involve intense suffering in which meditation can immerse us even more, causing us a psychological imbalance.

The bottom line 

In any case, even if you are not going through a difficult time in your life or suffer from any type of psychological problem, you must start meditation with an experienced guide. This practice opens doors that can lead us to very enriching processes of self-knowledge, but not everyone is qualified to show us that way.

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Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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