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Meditation for Mental Wellness

Reported by Pete Blanchard, Cayuga Radio Group

November 17, 2014


The chief psychiatrist at Cayuga Medical Center says meditation may be the key to curing your insomnia.

Dr. Henry Gerson is the medical director of the psychiatry program at Cayuga Medical Center. He recently spoke to a group of residents at Kendal at Ithaca about the benefits of meditation for improving mental health.

Dr. Gerson says it’s proven to help people who live with a variety of mental health-related conditions, including anxiety, depression and even insomnia. “It’s a good form of stress reduction, it’s proven in a lot of different settings to promote a relaxed state of mind and help with stress management.” says Gerson.

For practice, Dr. Gerson says to sit in a comfortable position and to focus on your breathing for 5 to 10 minutes each day. Anxious thoughts and worries will almost certainly enter your mind, but just let them pass. It sends your body a message, he says, that worries can wait.

.When you’re doing the exercise and find yourself having trouble in the moment, just remember: “All you have to do is breathe.” - See more at:


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