What is meditation?
Meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, and enhancing overall health. Some research suggests that meditation may physically change the brain and body and could potentially help to improve many health problems and promote healthy behaviors. It is a mental exercise that involves relaxation, focus, and awareness. There are many benefits of meditation. So, here we go!
Benefits of meditation:
1.Improves mental health
It not only includes a lower level of stress and anxiety but also improves self-awareness and self-esteem. Dr. John W. Denninger, director of research at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard said “Meditation trains the brain to achieve sustained focus, and to return to that focus when negative thinking, emotions, and physical sensations intrude — which happens a lot when you feel stressed and anxious”
2. Reduce anxiety or depression
Mindfulness meditation helps train your mind to focus on the present, making you less likely to ruminate on anxious thoughts that can fuel depression. In a recent study, Researchers examined anxiety in 40 studies, self-reported stress in 34, physiological stress in 11, and mindfulness in 24. Thirty-three of 40 and 25 of 34 studies showed significant decreases in anxiety and stress respectively; 22 of 24 showed an increase in mindfulness after meditation.
Several studies have proven several physical benefits of regular meditation like lower blood pressure, reduced symptoms of anxiety, etc. Meditation also improves physical health by reducing strain on the heart. Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function.
Self-awareness is the ability to focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don’t align with your internal standards. When you meditate, many things start running in your mind. At that moment you notice everything that crosses your mind, about you, about your emotions, and your brain automatically sums up everything and gives you a path of what’s right and what’s not. Meditation literally enhances your self-awareness.
5.Promotes emotional health
All people are different in this world. Some are emotionally weak and some emotionally strong. Why should one be weak when he/she can cope up with various emotional issues like anger, fear, anxiety, losing appetite, etc. Through meditation, one can improve his/her emotional health. It helps you in controlling yourself and focussing upon yourself. It calms you and provides peace to your brain. By this, you can cope up easily with your emotional issues and live a healthy life.
Many of you must be facing problems due to the lack and irregularity of sleep. When one’s mind isn’t peaceful he/she isn’t able to sleep properly. Meditation provides peace to the mind and helps in clearing up the negative thoughts and vibes from your brain, thus providing you with a sound sleep.
7.Can reduce blood pressure
According to many types of research, it’s said that Transcendental Meditation (TM) lowers the rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and death. By many experiments and researches, it said that when the telomerase gene expression is increased, reduction in blood pressure is noticed in a high-risk population, and yes it is possible through meditation.
8. Reduce stress
Stress can create many problems in a person’s life. It reduces the functioning of the cardiovascular system. It occurs when a person starts taking too much load about the situations happening in his/her life. But when you start meditating, your brain functions in a proper manner and increases your ability to think upon critical situations and find the perfect solution regarding them, hence reducing stress. It can also be reduced by laughter. Laughter helps to release pain-relieving and muscle-relaxing endorphins and that reduces the number of stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin in the body. Anything that you can do to reduce or eliminate stress will help you to live longer.
As we all know aging is a natural process. But for some people, it is a quick process. Before a specific age, they start looking older. It happens because of stress, lack of proper emotional and mental health, and pressure. To reduce this, one needs to be free from all the pressure and stressful situations. One should just overcome these problems and just relax and meditate and let things go. By meditating brain becomes peaceful thus helping in reducing age effects. Meditation will stimulate healthy circulation and that in turn will help improve the condition of the skin making it look healthier and younger. Add as much fun and laughter to your life as this will also help to enhance your immune system thereby slowing down the aging process.
10. Increases immunity and helps fight diseases
Meditation helps in improving one’s central nervous system and provides proper physical, mental and emotional health. Thus, helping in increasing the immunity of a person and making him/her ability to fight against diseases.
11. Improves metabolism and helps to lose weight
Weight loss problems aren’t all about your metabolism. They’re about how you think, how you stay in control, how you love yourself, and how your brain moves intention into action. These are all issues of the mind and they’re all integral parts of your healthy lifestyle. So you need to work out your brain just like you work out your body when you’re losing weight. And working out with the brain and providing it peace is possible by meditating.
12. Improves the function of your brain
Meditation can help to rejuvenate the mind and the body and the balance that it can bring to your life can increase energy levels, eliminate insomnia and help give you a more positive attitude and outlook on life. Simple by thinking positively you can add years to your life expectancy. Be positive and live longer and the best way to start is by laughing and smiling right now and understanding that whatever you are currently worrying about right now can’t be changed by simply worrying.