Meditation is a key element of the Overcoming MS program which can have significant benefits for your mental health and daily life by relieving stress levels, improving sleep, concentration and focus. Meditation can even improve fatigue and reduce the risk of depression. When we are stressed, our body triggers the release of certain hormones that cause inflammation. This can even trigger MS relapses and make MS symptoms worse.

We provide free guided meditations to help get you started on your meditation journey, including simple instructions to help you reach a calmer mindset. In addition to its positive impact on mental health, another benefit of meditation is that it can be adapted depending on the time you have available and what you want to get out of it. So, although we recommend at least 30 minutes of meditation a day, this is flexible depending on your personal requirements and situation. 

The Importance Of Meditation

Meditation for MS

Meditation is one of the central elements of the Overcoming MS program and an important means of managing the effects of stress on the body. We recommend 30 minutes of meditation everyday. This can be done in one 30 minute sitting, or if you find it easier, you can do multiple, smaller sessions, eg: 10 minutes, three times per day. 

The Mind-Body connection

In today’s highly medicalized world, many of us – doctors included – sometimes forget that the mind has a tremendous ability to heal the body. How illness affects you depends on your reaction to it and your emotional state.

MS and mindfulness

Scientific research into MS and mindfulness proves the benefits of introducing mindful meditation into your daily routine to help manage stress and pain, which is why it is a vital part of the Overcoming MS program.

Stress and MS

Stress is an inevitable part of modern life. It has been shown to contribute to a long list of health problems such as chest pain, headaches, insomnia, stomach problems and a suppressed immune system with more frequent infections. Studies show that negatively experiencing stress can affect MS relapses and worsen MS symptoms. 

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Fitting meditation into a busy life

Finding time to achieve 30 minutes of daily meditation can be a challenge. Whatever it is that seems to be getting in the way of achieving your daily 30 minutes, try and focus on why you are meditating and why it is important.

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New to meditation? Read how Charlotte learnt

Charlotte follows the Overcoming MS Program but initially struggled with the stress-reduction aspect of it. "Before I began following the Overcoming MS Program, I had never practiced meditation and mindfulness, thinking it was mainly for Buddhist monks!"

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The importance of reducing stress

Although it's simply not possible to avoid stressful life events, there are ways that you can learn to deal with stress so that you prevent MS relapses. Scientists have discovered that stress management techniques can significantly reduce lesions and MS relapses. Read tips and suggestions from the Overcoming MS community.

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6 tips for beginning meditation

Meditation is personal and individual - your experiences cannot be compared to those of others. Yes, you may have bad days but the beauty of meditation lies in the journey and the regular benefits that practice yields, not reaching an end goal of perfection. Here are six tips for starting out.