Meditation brings peace of mind, harmony, positive feelings, and helps you connect to a deep sense of purpose in your life. In many wisdom traditions, it is the main spiritual discipline. Practicing meditation regularly can help you work out harder, stay healthier, and enjoy life more. The key to reaping the benefits of meditation is living in the now because it helps you focus on living life in the present moment.
BegumC is sharing eight amazing benefits of meditation that can completely transform your physical and mental health and bring positive change in your life.
Reduces Stress, Depression, and Anxiety
Meditation can ease psychological stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. It actually helps lower your cortisol levels. Research shows that people who received just three consecutive days of mindfulness training (25-minute sessions where they were taught to focus on breath and the present moment) felt calmer when faced with a stressful task.
Researchers also found that meditation basically affects activity in two specific parts of the brain. The first one is the anterior cingulate cortex (controls emotions and thoughts) and the other one is the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (controls worrying).
When it comes to emotions, behavior, and thoughts, we all have blind spots. Meditation can help you conquer these easily. Meditation involves paying attention to your current experience. By doing this in a non-judgemental way, you can overcome your biggest roadblock in self-awareness – you!
Being mindful means you are aware of your present moment. You do not judge, reflect, or think in fact, you simply observe the moment in which you find yourself. By living in the present moment, you can see the inner and outer aspects of reality. You will notice that your mind is more active and observant, seeing thoughts for what they are without judgment.
Helps You Cope With Illness
Dealing with diagnoses is challenging and painful, but meditation can help. According to the study in Stress and Health, when women with breast cancer practiced meditation and art therapy, their stress level, and anxiety-related brain activities reduced. Meditation also helps rheumatoid arthritis patients combat the stress and fatigue associated with the disease.
Helps You Lose Weight
If you are a mindless eater or foodie, weight maintenance might be an unexpected benefit of meditation. When you will become mindful, you will be more conscious of food choices and may even taste and appreciate the food more.
Practicing meditation, mindful eating, and intuitive eating helps you learn or relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food or how to remove any problematic feelings you may have while eating. We don’t recommend you to establish losing weight as a primary goal, instead, focus on enjoying food.
Eat because you are hungry, not because you’re stressed about work or family issues and feeling overwhelmed. Through meditation, you will learn how to appreciate and love your body for all it can do for you.
Helps to Kick the Addictions
Yes, it’s another great benefit of meditation that can help you kick bad habits successfully, including smoking or tobacco habits. Smokers who meditated for half an hour for 10 days were 60 percent less likely to reach for a cigarette than those who were simply taught to relax. Meditation is effective at enhancing self-control, even for those who have no desire to give up.
Meditation provides a way to address emotional imbalances by opening up the body and the mind. According to a study practicing mindful training for about 10 to 12 minutes helps drinkers to reduce their alcohol consumption. Also, encourage them to focus on what is happening presently.
Helps You Sleep Better
Meditation can be as effective as a sleep medication and also helps reduce fatigue during the daytime. It can be great for people suffering from insomnia or sleep inefficiency. Meditation for sleep has no side effects, is cost-effective, and can be done by anyone.
According to the study from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) meditation helped improve sleep efficiency among older adults with fewer sleep disturbances. Read BegumC blog “How to Get Better Sleep” to know more about the amazing benefits of meditation for better sleep.
Daily meditation for a few minutes can help stave off feelings of loneliness. Healthy adults who participated in an eight-week mindfulness meditation course reported lower levels of loneliness. The blood tests revealed that meditation helped lower participant’s inflammation levels. It means they were at lower risk for developing serious diseases.
Become a Better Athlete
Some types of meditation can impact your workout. By practicing Transcendental Meditation, for example, your brain can start to function similar to that of athletes. Of course, sitting in silence every day does not mean you will be ready to win a tournament. But it will help you develop better mental focus and boost your endurance, leading to better workouts.
There are hundreds of studies that described the amazing benefit of meditation to improve mental and physical health. You can easily develop practice meditation at home. Browse The Wellness Blog for more wellness resources that can help you get started!
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