Most of us can use less stress and more focus in our life!
If you feel like you’re constantly running on a treadmill, feeling stressed, frustrated, and tired every day –you may want to consider giving meditation a try.
While meditation is often associated with yoga, there are a number of variants and different forms that meditation can take. From dancing and breathing meditation, to laughing and walking meditation, to contemplation, and more, there’s no shortage of options for you to choose from.
At its core, meditation is training the mind. It’s a mental exercise that can offer benefits for both mind and body. Just like training your body can produce great results, training the mind offers some significant rewards as well.
If you’re curious about how meditation can benefit you, here’s a look at five things that regular meditation can do for your body and mind.
- Reduces Stress A number of scientific studies point to meditation as an effective way to treat anxiety. In fact, according to a study that combined the findings of 163 different studies, published in the Psychological Bulletin, the overall conclusion was that practicing mindfulness or meditation produces beneficial results –with a substantial improvement in negative personality traits, anxiety, stress, and more.
- Improves Concentration Meditation requires the ability to focus for a period of time. According to one study, just a couple of weeks of meditation training was enough to help people’s focus and memory. Training your mind to stay focused isn’t an easy task, but once you have mastered this skill, it can be transferred to other areas of your life as well.
- Decreases Fatigue and Help Fight Insomnia Meditation can be helpful for fighting fatigue. It can also help increase your mental alertness and leave you ready to tackle the next big project. According to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine, mindful meditation can help to improve sleep disturbances.
- Keeps You Young Studies show that meditation can even change the brain’s physiology to combat the effects of aging. “Cognition seems to be preserved in meditators,” says Sara Lazar, a researcher at Harvard University. Meditators also have more gray matter –or, brain cells.
- Increases Happiness There’s also evidence that points to the impact that meditation can have on happiness. In fact, studies have shown that meditation directly accesses parts of the brain that are in charge of happiness. This, combined with increased self-awareness and acceptance that come with meditation can lead to improved overall well-being.
As you can see, meditation can have a significant impact on your life –not only on your health, but your happiness as well. Why not commit to practicing meditation for a few minutes every day? And see if you can notice a difference in your life –and outlook as well.
Have you tried meditation?