The trauma of surviving a disaster can impact mental health for decades. Studies show that meditation can help reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and even physical pain following trauma related to surviving a disaster. Meditation offers tremendous healing benefits, including stress reduction. It also aids in coping with flashbacks, allowing people to better focus on the present.
Activities like yoga and swimming can also increase meditation’s benefits. Even taking a 10-minute meditation break during the day, where you unclutter your mind and focus on a peaceful setting or word, can help reduce your blood pressure and resting heart rate.