More Than Meditation: How Mindfulness Improves Your Life
November 18, 2020
More Than Meditation:
How Mindfulness Improves Your Life
How Mindfulness Improves Your Life
By Joseph Chavez Carey, MD
Primary Care Medical Director, Garnet Health Doctors
When we think of staying healthy, images of working out and eating right come to mind for most people. However, keeping mentally fit is just as important as keeping physically fit – which is where mindful meditation comes in. Although this practice may be unknown to some, meditation is a simple, free way to bring some tremendous benefits to your life. Taking a moment to quiet the mind and live in the present can help you in many ways.
In today’s busy world, it can be harder than ever to unplug and decompress. With the rise of technology and social media, we have seen an increase in mental-health issues such as anxiety and depression. Mindfulness is a fantastic way to reduce not only stress, but to help cope with and decrease the negative effects of these issues, which can harm your health. Simultaneously, individuals practicing mindful meditation report a boost in their happiness and overall gratitude, which leads to a better quality of life and outlook.
Interestingly enough, the benefits of mindful meditation extend far beyond the brain. Numerous studies have shown that people who meditate may also experience lower blood pressure, a boost in immune function, more restful sleep and other benefits. These holistic benefits help make meditation a growing trend for healthcare professionals and patients alike.
The best part about mindful meditation is that there’s no wrong way to do it. With so many varieties of meditation, you can easily find one that fits your lifestyle. There is walking meditation, guided meditation, body-scan meditation, and more. However you choose to practice, the intention is important, and benefits will emerge immediately and over time.
To learn more about the health benefits of meditation, or if you have any other health concerns, Garnet Health Doctors is here to help. With eight locations and convenient hours, our skilled, compassionate team will partner with you to keep you safe and well-cared for.
It's also important to know that, in these unprecedented times, you should not delay the care you need. You can trust that you’ll be safe from COVID-19 when going to a Garnet Health hospital or doctor’s office for any type of care. Providers are highly trained on how to safely protect patients. Precautions include taking your temperature using no-contact thermometers when you enter. All registration and waiting areas use social distancing. Facilities have installed plastic shielding in key areas, and patient appointments are staggered to minimize foot traffic. These steps are complemented by aggressive cleaning and sanitizing 24 hours, seven days a week.
Telehealth visits are also available. Telehealth is an easy, convenient way to talk to a doctor via a phone call or live video. This means you don’t have to leave your home – and that you can receive care from anywhere. Most insurance plans cover Telehealth, so don’t delay your medical needs or ignore symptoms that you would typically visit or call your doctor about.
To set up a Telehealth or in-person appointment, call (845) 333-7575. To learn more about primary care provided by Garnet Health Doctors, visit garnethealth.org/doctors or call our Bethel office at (845) 583-5620, the Callicoon office at (845) 887-5693, the Harris office at (845) 794-5335, the Liberty office at (845) 292-6684, our Livingston Manor office at (845) 439-3579, the Middletown office at (845) 333-7575, the Monroe office at (845) 333-7830 or the Monticello office at (845) 333-6500.
About Joseph Chavez Carey, MD, FAAFP
Primary Care Medical Director Dr. Chavez Carey is Board-certified in Family Medicine. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in California. Dr. Chavez Carey sees patients of all ages – including kids – and is fluent in Spanish. He is a Castle Connolly 2018-2019 Top Doctor and was ranked as the 2018 Favorite Doc by Hudson Valley Parent.
About Garnet Health Doctors
Garnet Health Doctors is part of Garnet Health, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Garnet Health Medical Center and Garnet Health Medical Center - Catskills. Garnet Health Doctors is a growing Urgent Care, Primary Care and multi-specialty, Hospital-supported medical practice. With Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals, we provide outpatient care to patients in Orange, Sullivan, Ulster, Pike and Sussex Counties. Appointments are available at offices in Bethel, Callicoon, Harris, Liberty, Livingston Manor, Middletown, Monroe and Monticello. Visit garnethealth.org/doctors.