Do I Actually Need To Learn Meditation?

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Do I Actually Need To Learn Meditation? - Quiz

Are you feeling "out of sorts" and does nothing seem to be going your way?

If so, your higher self could be trying to tell you it is time to change and embrace meditation.

Meditation benefits your mind, body, emotions, helping your mood to improve, sleep to improve, energy to improve, and focus to improve.
If you exhibit any of these 21 signs below, it may be time to revive or begin a meditation regimen.


Questions and Answers
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    How often are you exhausted? According to authors Black, O’Reilly, Olmstead, Breen, and Irwin (2015) sleep disturbances pose a significant medical and public health concern. 50% of individuals over 55 have sleep problems that include getting to sleep and staying asleep. The results of the poor sleep performance are an inability to function during the day with elevated levels of fatigue, disturbed mood, depressive symptoms, a reduction in quality of life, and lead to the onset of clinical insomnia. Tai Chi, a movement based meditation has been shown to improve sleep in older adults and meditation showed a reduction in sleep disturbances, better functioning during the day, a lessening of depression, anxiety, stress, and fatigue. 

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    A. 0% of the time
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    The given information states that Tai Chi, a movement-based meditation, has been shown to improve sleep in older adults and reduce sleep disturbances, fatigue, and other negative symptoms. Therefore, it can be inferred that the individual is not exhausted at all, as Tai Chi helps improve sleep quality and reduces fatigue.

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    How often do you have difficulties making decisions? According to Sun, Yao, Wei, and Yu (2015) the last 20 years has shown a growing interest in the use of meditation to improve mental performance, emotional balance, and well being.  Current research suggests that meditation modulates brain activities associated with cognitive control, emotion regulation, empathy, and leads to improved non-social and social decision making and improved sustained attention, working memory, and executive function. 

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    How often do you experience colds and flus? According to author Maxwell, Barrett, Chase, Brown, and Ewers (2015) poor mental health conditions including stress and depression have be recognized as a risk factor for the development of acute respiratory infections.  There is a common risk factor such as negative emotion may increase an individual’s susceptibility to both acute respiratory infections and poor mental health, yet meditation or exercise show a reduction in respiratory infections

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    A. 0% of the time
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    The explanation for the given answer is that the author mentions that poor mental health conditions, such as stress and depression, can increase the risk of developing acute respiratory infections. However, the author also states that practices like meditation or exercise can reduce the occurrence of respiratory infections. Therefore, it can be inferred that individuals who have good mental health and engage in these practices may experience colds and flus 0% of the time.

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    How often do you feel run down?In a study by Kim, Kim, Ahn, Seo, and Kim (2013) meditation was investigated to see how it impacted anxiety, depression, fatigue, and quality of life in woman who were receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer.The findings of the study showed that meditation resulted in improving fatigue, anxiety, quality of life and emotional equilibrium.

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    How often do you feel overwhelmed?Generally we feel overwhelmed because we are not present and focused on the now, rather our focus is scattered in the past and future.Meditation is a form on mental training according to authors Chan and Woollacott (2007), and has been shown to increase mental focus and reduce stress and has become an increasingly used tool in both the medical and clinical psychology arena.Meditation helps you to get more focused and to feel less overwhelmed.

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    A. 0% of the time
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    The given passage suggests that feeling overwhelmed is a result of not being present and focused on the present moment. It also mentions that meditation helps increase mental focus and reduce stress, which can lead to feeling less overwhelmed. Therefore, if someone practices meditation regularly and is able to stay present and focused, they may not feel overwhelmed at all, which aligns with the answer choice of 0% of the time.

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    How often do you feel that you can't handle your work load?According to a 2014 study by psychologists Elder, Nidich, Moriarty, and Nidich, Workplace stress and burnout are serious issues which effect employee performance and employee personal health which is a concern of not only employers but also healthcare professionals. Burn-out, a real psychological term, is a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, negative attitudes towards others, dissatisfaction with one’s own job performance, is associated with increased absenteeism, increased job turnover, alcohol abuses and drug abuse, as well as lower job performance.  The results confirmed that meditation, in a four month follow up study to reduce psychological distress and burnout., resulted in the reduction of stress, depressive symptoms, and burnout.

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    According to the given information, a study conducted in 2014 found that meditation can help reduce workplace stress and burnout. The study showed that after four months of meditation, participants experienced a reduction in stress, depressive symptoms, and burnout. Therefore, it can be inferred that individuals who practice meditation are less likely to feel overwhelmed by their workload, leading to a lower percentage of the time they feel unable to handle it.

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    How often do you suffer from mood swings?According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Mood disorders is a psychological disorder characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person's mood, such as depression or bipolar disorder: Also called affective disorder.Authors Murray, Leitan, Berk, Thomas, Michalak, Berk, Johnson, Jones, Perich, Allen, and Kyrios (2015), state more than 50% of individuals with bi-polar disorder report utilizing meditation and spiritual processes naturally and more than half of their study participants reported trying meditation. Additionally, high functioning individuals with BD report that mindfulness and reflective practices are valuable for their well being.Studies have shown that meditation reduces symptoms of anxiety, mania, depression, suicidal ideation, improve emotion regulation, psychological well-being, positive affect, psychosocial and cognitive function.

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    How often do you wonder about the meaning of life?When life seems overwhelming and you feel uninterested it can lead to question your reason and purpose for being here and you start to wonder about the meaning of your life.Meditation helps you to get in touch with yourself.

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    The given answer suggests that the person does not wonder about the meaning of life at all. It implies that they rarely or never question their reason and purpose for being here. Additionally, it states that meditation helps them to get in touch with themselves, which could potentially provide clarity and contentment in life, reducing the need to wonder about its meaning.

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    You have difficulty staying focused?According to Wolkin (2015) in the last few decades meditation has gained prominence as an adjunctive psychotherapeutic technique. Historically it has been practiced for thousands of years as a means to experiencing enduring happiness and the end of personal suffering. It is shown that meditation improved mental health across a variety of disorders including depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and chronic pain symptom reduction.The author adds that meditation decreases rumination, which is according to psychologytoday.com "Rumination refers to the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one's negative emotional experience (Nolen-Hoeksema, 1991). Basically, rumination means that you continuously think about the various aspects of situations that are upsetting." 

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    According to the information provided, meditation decreases rumination, which is the tendency to repetitively think about negative emotional experiences. Therefore, if someone practices meditation, they are less likely to have difficulty staying focused, as their mind is less likely to wander and get caught up in negative thoughts.

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    How often do you feel depressed?Research suggests that 30 minutes of meditation improves depression symptoms (along with anxiety and pain) In the article Meditate Don’t Medicate: How medical imaging evidence supports the role of meditation in the treatment of Depression by Annells, Kho, and Bridge (2015) there is a fair amount of scientific information regarding the alleviation of depression in individuals who practice meditation. Depression is a psychiatric disorder that is debilitating to those who suffer, and a large percent of the population does. Current medical treatment for depression is to prescribe medication which are anti-depressants which have side-effects and a high risk for relapse. Recent medical imaging research has demonstrated successfully that meditation has the ability to counteract or even prevent the physiological reasons for depression. Meditation decreases Amygdala activity and increases grey matter volume and activity of the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and other regions of the brain associated with attention and emotional self-regulation. As a result of the changes in the brain, the skill sets developed during regular meditation such as self-regulation, ability to process negative information, and relaxation techniques have the potential to lead to a permanent cure for depression and a stop gap measure for relapsing. Studies show that meditation is a viable alternative to medication for clinical treatment of depression. 

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    The explanation for the correct answer of 0% of the time is that the research mentioned in the article suggests that 30 minutes of meditation can improve depression symptoms. Since the question asks how often the person feels depressed, and the research supports the idea that meditation can alleviate depression, it can be inferred that the person does not feel depressed at all. Therefore, the correct answer is 0% of the time.

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    How often are you anxious?According to the Oxford Dictionary to be anxious is to be in a state of experiencing worry, unease, or nervousness, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome:We lose sense of being in the present when we are anxious and according to authors Droit-Volet, Fanget, and Dambrum (2014),  time and consciousness are entwined. Meditation teaches individuals to focus attention and awareness on what is happening in one's own body and mind as it happens in the present moment.This relationship according to the authors, meditation changes the relationship with time by focusing individuals attention on the present moment  by encouraging them to live in the present moment thus experiencing less anxiousness.

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    According to the explanation provided, meditation teaches individuals to focus their attention on the present moment, which helps them experience less anxiousness. Therefore, the correct answer is 0% of the time, indicating that the person is not anxious at all.

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    How frequently do you experience aches and pains?According to author Kim ROD (2015) individuals whose chronic pain limits their independence are especially likely to become anxious and depressed.In the study patients participated in Meditation Training program. Over the year-long observation, patients demonstrated noticeable improvement in depression, anxiety, pain, and global impression of change. Conclusions: Chronic pain patients who suffer with anxiety and depression may benefit from incorporating Meditation into their treatment plans.

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    How often are you stressed out?According to authors Esi van der Zwan, de Vente, Huiznick, Bogels, and de Bruin (2015), psychological stress, especially persistent psychological stress can negatively affect one’s health resulting in changes in the nervous system and the immune system such as increased level of circulating inflammatory factors. There is an increase in elevated cortisol levels, heart rate, and blood pressure which can lead to elevated blood pressure, dysregulated immune system, memory problems, and mental illnesses such as depression. In Western societies there is a prevalence of stress with symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, anger, or changes in sleeping habits.  It has been said by psychologist Henriques (2011), stress relief needs a technique that can be easily utilized by large numbers of people that are readily available, inexpensive, and have minimal side effects. Currently, physical activity is a stress reducer but does have potential set backs if an injury occurs and can not be done by everyone. Meditation on the other hand can be utilized and it reduces stress. 

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    According to the information provided, stress can have negative effects on one's health, including changes in the nervous and immune systems. However, the passage does not provide any specific information about how often the individual in question is stressed out. Therefore, the correct answer is 0% of the time, as there is no indication of any stress frequency.

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    How often do you get tension headaches?According to authors Tonelli and Wachholtz (2014),  meditation is becoming more popular as an outstanding means of managing and attenuating pain and has been very effective for migraines.Meditation addresses the negative emotional state that is known to exist with migraines.

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    According to the information provided, meditation is known to be effective in managing and attenuating pain, including migraines. Since tension headaches are a form of pain, it can be inferred that regular meditation practice may help in reducing or eliminating tension headaches. Therefore, the correct answer is "0% of the time," indicating that the individual does not experience tension headaches frequently or at all due to their meditation practice.

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    How often do you experience sadness?According to authors Harris and Brady (2011) a study was linked with meditatipn and an increase in empathy and laughter, becoming more social, and having more of a team attitude.Meditation rewires your brain and can make you happier, less stressed and even nicer to other people, control your eating habits, reduce chronic pain and all without medication..

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    The given answer suggests that the person never experiences sadness. According to the explanation provided, meditation can have various positive effects on the brain and overall well-being, such as increasing empathy, laughter, social behavior, and a team attitude. It also states that meditation can make a person happier, less stressed, and nicer to others, as well as help control eating habits and reduce chronic pain. Therefore, if someone practices meditation regularly and experiences these benefits, it is possible that they may rarely or never experience sadness.

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    How often do you experience problems in relationships?According to author Atkinson (2013) many studies have found associations between trait mindfulness and relationship quality and satisfaction.Meditation has been positively correlated with marital satisfaction, empathetic concern, perspective taking, effective communication, adaptive response skills when faced with relational stress and greater consideration of one's partner's point of view.Meditation rewires your brain and can make you happier, less stressed and even nicer to other people, control your eating habits, reduce chronic pain and all without medication..

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    The author mentions that meditation has been positively correlated with various aspects of relationship quality and satisfaction, such as marital satisfaction, effective communication, and perspective taking. Therefore, it can be inferred that individuals who practice meditation regularly are less likely to experience problems in relationships, hence the answer "0% of the time." Meditation helps in rewiring the brain and promoting happiness, reducing stress, and improving interpersonal interactions.

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