Meditation has become more and more common over the past few years and it is well-known that meditation is good for your health but just how good is it? Here are four benefits of meditation and a guide on how to get the most from meditation.
If you suffer from anxiety or work in stressful situations, practicing meditation may bring some much needed peace. Meditation, when practiced for several months has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can be harmful to your health. Studies also show that, “mediation can reduce the density of the brain tissue associated with stress and anxiety.”
If you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, meditation may be worth a shot. When meditating, your goal is to slow the thoughts racing through your head, not allowing yourself to drift to thoughts from the past or things to come. By putting your meditation skills to use, you induce relaxation, inviting yourself to a deeper, fuller night’s sleep.Meditation 101: The Benefits And How-Tos Click To Tweet
Meditation research is showing that the middle prefrontal cortex of those who meditate are more active and even larger. This area of the brain helps make connections between the thinking part of your brain and the feeling part of your brain. With a higher functioning middle prefrontal cortex you are able to reason clearly and dodge potential arguments or disagreements. In addition to this, when you utilizethe skills of being fully present that meditation teaches, and apply them to time with your friends or significant other, imagine how meaningful your time together becomes when you’re able to be fully there, fully listening!
Feeling distracted or cloudy? Mediation improves your ability to observe your thought processes without judgement, to set emotion (stress, negativity, pride) aside. When we are able to be observant and not clouded by our emotions, we can set clear goals and tackle everyday tasks efficiently.
Repeat this practice everyday and when you feel ready, add on another five minutes. Be patient with yourself as you make progress. Benefits are not only gained by perfect meditation for extended periods of time but also from the brief, continued, habitual practice of mindfulness.