What the research says
Speaking with your clergyperson or becoming more involved with faith-based activities may be helpful in dealing with anxiety and depression. A 2016 study published in the journal Gerontologist examined data involving more than 7,000 depressed and non-depressed older adults. Researchers found that religious belief both protected against and helped individuals recover from depression. But anything that helps you feel centered and connected, such as simple prayers, meditation, or mindfulness, may be helpful. Here's how to incorporate spirituality into your life.