[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]I[/su_dropcap]t’s not easy to talk about mental health issues, but recently, model Miranda Kerr opened up about her experience with depression. Kerr was married to actor Orlando Bloom for three years before the two separated in 2013; after the split, Kerr “fell into a really bad depression.”
The Mayo Clinic defines depression as “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.” A variety of factors can trigger depression including traumatic or stressful events, family history of depression, chronic illness and more. Depression, while most common in teens and young adults, can happen at any age and is not something that should be ignored.
Kerr found that one of the best ways to cope with her depression was through meditation. The model told Elle Canada she was able to get through a difficult time in her life by learning that “every thought you have affects your reality and only you have control of your mind.” Kerr was engaging in mindfulness meditation, which tunes our thoughts into the present moment rather than the past or future. To this day, Kerr continues these practices claiming she has an “attitude of gratitude” and believes “everything you need, all of the answers are deep inside of you.”
Now, not only does Kerr attest to using meditation as a coping mechanism for depression, but scientists do as well. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study in JAMA Internal Medicine with evidence of mindfulness meditation programs improving psychological stress, including anxiety and depression. The study recommends that clinicians become educated on the positive effects meditation programs can have on a patient’s health outcome.
Additionally, another study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that mindful-based cognitive therapy offers protection against depression relapse. The practice, they suggest, is just as effective as using antidepressants.
With all of this in mind, those experiencing depression, or those who know someone with depression, should look into effective treatment options. Confronting your mental health issues can be difficult, but it is important to take time to care for your mind and body. And, practicing meditation can be a step in the right direction.