by Tracey Pollack
We get it, you have a lot on your mind. Too many obligations, back-to-back activities, stress from work and pressures at home can be very overwhelming and affect your health and well-being. But, if you think you must suffer in silence, think again and consider meditation. For centuries, many cultures and spiritual traditions around the world have relied on meditation to soothe their minds and improve their health. Today, modern medicine is finally sharing this mindset after studies have shown that meditation can enhance how you feel and function. With so many people seeking effective natural alternatives to pills, potions and promises, just a few minutes of meditation may be just what the doctor ordered. Discover the many benefits of opening your mind to meditation.
- Soothes Stress
If you’re tired of being tense, you’re not alone. Stress is one of the leading reasons that so many try meditation in the first place! They’ve got science on their side because several studies have shown that this mindful practice can help relieve stress, reduce depression and make it much easier to deal with tension. Once you begin to meditate, don’t be surprised to feel the stress of the day melt away.
- Eases Anxiety
Feeling anxious? That’s because anxiety occurs when your mind focuses on fearful thoughts and then obsesses over various negative outcomes. With meditation, you’re able to train your brain to think clearly and get some perspective, which eases your mind and your nerves. Studies have shown that meditation not only helps relieve anxiety, but also reduces the symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, such as phobias, paranoid thoughts, social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behaviors. And the longer you continue to practice meditation, the lower your anxiety will be.
- Enhances Sleep
Millions of people struggle with insomnia at some time in their lives. If you’re one of the many that’s up all night, you no longer have to take insomnia lying down because meditation can help you fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer. How? Meditation relaxes your mind and body, while also helping you set any stressful thoughts aside. This puts you in a peaceful state, which makes you more likely to drift off to sleep.
- Controls Pain
Experts say that pain is all in your mind. Well, what they mean is that the perception
of pain is a state of mind, which can be raised whenever you’re stressed. But studies have shown that reducing stress with meditation helps regulate the pain sensors in your brain. This allows you to cope with pain much better and actually lowers the intensity of any pain you may be feeling.
- Improves Relationships
Meditation increases your connection with both yourself and those around you. The practice has been shown to stimulate the part of your brain that regulates empathy and compassion. Both of these qualities increase your feelings of acceptance, kindness and positivity, which naturally leads to better relationships with everyone in your life.
We all deal with problems each day, but only some of us have the ability to cope and bounce back quickly. Meditation helps you develop these powers for a healthier and happier life. Now that you understand the many benefits of this mindful practice, give meditation some thought.