Every one of us has heard about Meditation but very few actually know about what it is in the real sense. According to Wikipedia: Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.
As the popularity of meditation is increasing every day and people are realizing the importance of the same in their lives, you might wonder how can meditation help you and what are its benefits.
There are some science-based benefits of doing meditation:-
Meditation helps you reduce stress
This might be the most common reason why people start to think about incorporating meditation into their lives. People now understand how beneficial it is for their mental as well as physical stress.
When a person is going through any kind of stress then his body starts to increase the levels of cortisol (which is also known as the stress hormone). The side effects of stress are many. It can have a great effect on your sleep routine, it can result in depression and anxiety which again results in more severe mental and health conditions, high blood pressure levels, tiredness, etc.
Research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia.
Anxiety in Control
Stress can result in various other health issues and anxiety is one of the major problems which many people go through every single day. Most people don’t even realize that they are suffering from anxiety.
Meditation helps keep stress and anxiety in control. You don’t have to be an expert in doing so. A few minutes of meditation can help you a lot. It also helps in reducing the symptoms of anxiety-related disorders like panic attacks, paranoid thoughts, social anxiety and so on.
You’ll be amazed to know that people who practice meditation regularly have been successful in keeping their anxiety levels quite low and that too for a longer period of time, without the use of any kind of medicines.
Increases Emotional Health
Many people think quite low about themselves. They feel that there is some problem with them. These thoughts are actually self-destructive. I won’t say that you should not think this way because it is easy to say but very difficult to do in real life. But don’t feel bad because there are some forms of meditations that can lead to an improved self-image and a more positive outlook towards life in general.
The long-time practice of meditation can help you get rid of 99% of all sorts of depression that you might have.
There are many forms of meditations. And don’t get surprised when I tell you that it can also help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself which will eventually help you grow into your best self. As it is said “be the best version of you”, meditation can actually help you become just that.
Meditation can actually help you in improving self-esteem. It can also help you in reducing the sad feelings of being lonely. It is all the positive things that you can gather when you practice meditation.
People often lose attention and also the will to do things. This is quite normal and happens to everyone at some or the other stage of life. What meditation does is that it helps in increasing the strength and endurance of your attention which eventually increases the time span of it.
When you do meditation regularly you start to remember positive things because you think positively. It also increases your productivity at your workplace too. Not only that, meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention
When you do meditation regularly and improve your attention and clarity of thinking then you not only feel fresh but also your mind becomes young and energetic. It also does wonders in older age when you tend to forget things.
Some more very important benefits of doing meditation are as follows:
- It can help you in generating a sense of kindness and affection towards other people.
- If you or anyone else you know is addicted to something, like drugs or even social media, then mediation can help them too.
- So many people suffer from insomnia. And this issue is increasing every day. Start doing meditation and get rid of this problem too.
- Some types of meditations can also help you in reducing the sensation of pain.
- Meditation helps in improving strain on the heart and hence helps in bringing down the blood pressure too.
So, in the end, I can say that each and every one of us should do meditation on a regular basis. You don’t have to take any medicine or anything, and it only takes a little time every day. When we know that there are so many benefits of doing meditation then why not take advantage of it! You can do it anywhere and at any time and also you don’t need any special arrangements or equipment too.
Now ask yourself a question: When will I start doing meditation to make myself a better person for my own self?