Benefits of meditation

Benefits of meditation

Many more people have been taking an interest in mediation and wanting to learn about its benefits. Meditation is the habitual practice of training your mind to re focus your thoughts. Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health.

Below I have listed the emotional benefits to consistent mediation practice:

  • Helps you gain a new perspective in stressful situations.
  • Helps you build new skills to manage your stress levels. 
  • Increases your self-awareness.
  • Helps you focus on the present & live in present moment. 
  • Reduces negative emotions.
  • Helps increase your imagination and creativity levels.
  • Increases your patience and tolerance in situations and towards others. 

There are also scientific benefits to meditation, let’s look into those benefits in some detail. 

1) Reduces Stress
This is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. Stress can disrupt sleep, contribute to depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure, and cause fatigue & Irrational  thinking. Studies have shown that mindfulness meditation can reduce stress and inflammation caused by stress in the body. 

2) Relieves anxiety 

Meditation can reduce stress levels, which translates to less anxiety. Again mindfulness meditation has a proven track record to help reduce anxiety symptoms in people with (GAD) It had also shown more positive thinking and statements leading to a more balanced and controlled lifestyle. Yoga has also been shown to help people reduce anxiety. This is likely due to benefits from both meditative practice and Physical benefits of yoga. 

Meditation Is now being used in the work place to help control job-related anxiety. A study found that employees who practised mindfulness meditation experienced improved feelings of well-being and decreased distress and job pressures. 

3. Promotes emotional health 
Regular meditation can help to improve self-image and a more positive outlook on life. Many studies have shown meditation therapies have helped lower symptoms of depression. 

meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self how you relate / communicate to those around you. Forms of meditation can teach you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. With this self awareness you gain greater awareness of your negative thought habits. With this awareness and control you can steer those negative thoughts towards more constructive ones. 

meditation focussed on attention is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.

Nearly half of the population will struggle with insomnia at some point at some point in their lifetime. Studies have shown that people who meditated stayed asleep longer and had improved insomnia. Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the racing or runaway thoughts that often lead to insomnia. It also helps relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful mindset so you are more likely to fall asleep.

 

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