You probably already know meditation can help relieve stress and anxiety, but it also has many other health benefits you might not be aware of. Let’s find out!
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Proven Benefits of Meditation That Will Improve Your Health
By Christine Hirlehey
Meditation is a technique based on introspection and focusing on oneself to be able to silence our minds and relax leaving aside our daily routine. Its origin dates back to the beginnings of several world great religions forming an essential part of several doctrines that pursue personal improvement through the search for inner peace.
For example, according to Buddhism, through meditation, we can develop compassion, the capability to love, patience and the ability to forgive. For this reason, it is an excellent tool for handling stressful situations, anxiety, toxic relations and emotional dependence, among other psychic alterations.
Every one of us can meditate, it doesn’t matter how old you are. You can begin practicing meditation at an early age, in short sessions and focused as a game, meditation is a habit that we can acquire in childhood, and accompany us all the way to our elderly years to help us face the changes in our body and even the fear of the transformation that comes with death.
For some experts, meditating involves focusing carefully on thinking about something in particular to achieve a deep concentration state. Meditation is generally linked to spirituality, but it is also used in science such as psychology and psychiatry, which incorporate elements of meditation into ‘mindfulness’, a new age technique used in psychotherapies and that has been positioned as a western medical treatment of physical and psychological problems.
Meditation: positive results for the mind, body, and soul
- Meditation reduces the levels of anxiety and stress and associated diseases.
- Improve our happiness sensation and mood.
- Help us to gain focus and clear our minds.
- Relaxes our muscles and reduced accumulated tensions.
- It provides self-awareness about our own body.
- Helps developing concentration and inner peace.
- It immerses us, even for a few minutes, in a state of inner silence, where we learn to disconnect from the daily noise.
- Improves the way we relate to others by reaching a state of emotional calm.
- Reduces the risk of developing psychosomatic diseases.
- Increases self-confidence and healthier habits.
- Prevents insomnia.
How to meditate?
The first thing we need to do to start meditating is to permit ourselves to take some “me” time to achieve greater physical and mental well-being. Disconnect from the daily hustle, the significant responsibilities weight, and all the psychological baggage we carry over our shoulders.
Before you start practicing meditation, it’s essential to decide the most convenient time for you to relax. Usually right when we get up in the morning, we have more energy, and we still have nothing on our plate. Therefore meditation can help us to undertake our daily tasks with more positivity and enthusiasm. Even having accessories such as meditation chairs can really help get you in the right frame of mind.
Meanwhile, if you chose to meditate at night before going to sleep, you’ll find that meditation can improve your night rest by helping clear your mind. However, it is good to try different meditation techniques and schedules to discover which are the best for you.
An excellent way to begin a habit of meditation is closing our eyes and breathe deeply, trying not to think about anything. Every time a thought appears you must try to ignore it. Progressively, as we gain concentration, we will increase the exercise duration.
Meditate your way to a healthier life
Whether in a cozy room of our home, or in contact with nature, meditation improves our ability to react in the face of stress, and changes improving the quality of life of patients of every sort: from rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure.
In a study conducted at the University of California, they found that Long-term meditators have a more significant development of gray matter, in areas of the brain related explicitly to emotional management and concentration.
In the same way that swimming helps to develop upper body strength, meditation helps build our perception and ability to feel. So it is that meditation produces an anti-aging effect in the brain, because it develops a higher number of connections, enhancing the capacity we have to learn and retain information.
On the other hand, Yale University conducted a study that found that meditation decreases activity in areas of the brain that cause us to question ourselves, thereby generating greater satisfaction in our daily lives. Likewise, there was a tendency to decrease the amygdala’s volume, responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress.