Meditation is becoming an increasingly popular way of handling stress, lowering blood pressure levels, and getting into a positive mood. People who meditate are healthier and happier overall, shows scientific research.
Meditation reduces the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The result is that people who meditate are more relaxed, have better energy levels and their digestion improves. Meditation is proven to affect positively conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia.
Meditation is proven to reduce anxiety levels. People who meditate often have lower anxiety levels and job-related anxiety.
Meditation can also work well for
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches
Promotes Optimism and Emotional Health
Studies show that people who meditate have a more positive outlook on life. Meditation works well against depression. To maintain the effect you should practice regularly. According to Harvard university depression affects 20% of adults 65 and older.
Increases Self-Awareness and Self-Esteem
According to the EOC Institute, meditation can increase your self-awareness and self-knowledge. Your self-esteem will also improve.
Improves Attention Span
One study showed that as little as 4 days of practicing meditation can improve your attention span and memory.
To do this, listen to your breathing, don’t move and introduce a mantra. A mantra is a simple word or phrase you keep repeating to help you focus.
Metta meditation is a special kind of meditation that helps us generate kind feelings for ourselves and others. Metta meditation is proven to improve social anxiety, reduce marriage conflict, and help anger management.
Reduces Food Cravings and Binge Eating
Meditation was found to successfully reduce food cravings and helps with controlling addictions. Recovering alcoholics who meditate have demonstrated improved control over their drinking impulses.
Meditation can calm the mind, reducing the racing thoughts that lead to insomnia. People who meditate sleep better and wake up more relaxed and recharged.
People who meditate often report reduced levels of chronic pain. Pain is connected to stress levels and meditation is good at reducing stress. Learn more about pain and meditation.
Lowers High Blood Pressure
Meditation relaxes the nerve signals that control heart beating, the tension in blood vessels, and the fight or flight response. The result is that people who began to practice meditation reduced their blood pressure by five points. The effect is better in older people.
You Don’t Need Special Equipment or Space
You can meditate anywhere for a few minutes a day and don’t need specialized equipment or space.
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