When you meditate, there is a positive impact on your physical wellbeing, your health, your mental condition and emotional state. In this post, Inzspire looks at 4 benefits of meditation and the effects it has for your wellbeing. There is also a compimentary video below if you want to know more about meditation.
#1 Physical Benefits
The physical benefits of mediation are often overlooked and whilst this is not a definitive list, it gives you a general indication of the value meditation offers you:
Benefits the Cardiovascular System
Meditation essentially consists of extended sitting and controlled breathing. These work to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, leading to less physical tension, which is good for your heath and enhances your energy for physical activities.
Benefits Athletic Performance
Most athletes will tell you that 90% of the game is mental. Meditation improves your concentration, but can also help you with flexibility and balance.
Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Meditation is great for reducing the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety, shortness of breath, tingling limbs, muscle tension and more.
Benefits the Immune System
Findings have indicated that regular meditation practice can help people not only fight colds and illness, but can also help slow or control the pain of serious diseases and illnesses.
Benefits Pain Management
Meditation will help recovering from a minor or major injury and assist in dealing with chronic pain and discomfort.
#2 Health Benefits
Here are the common benefits for your health.
A healthy heart
Clinical studies have clearly shown that daily meditation improves blood circulation, decreases blood pressure and lowers the heart rate which is good for your heart.
Better-controlled stress and anxiety
We have a stress hormone called cortisol which is released by the hypothalamus in the brain every time we get into stressful situations. Research had shown that cortisol is greatly reduced when meditating.
A better night’s sleep
Insomnia is a world-wide problem for people. Everyone at some stage has had a sleepless night. Studies have shown that guided meditation has helped sufferers get good quality sleep.
A stronger immune system
The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defends the body against infection. What is remarkable is that the immune system keeps a record of every germ it has ever defeated so it can recognise and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again. Various studies have shown results that prove meditation improves the immune system functions.
#3 Mental Benefits
As we get older our brain functions gradually deteriorate resulting in memory loss. Meditation helps bolster brain functions thus decelerating memory loss. It also enhances mental agility, alertness, better focus and concentration.
The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for pain and help fight substance addiction.
#4 Emotional Benefits
The brain is the part of the body where meditation can really be of great benefit if performed regularly. Results have proven that we become more capable of coping with negative emotions when we meditate and practice viewing heightened emotions as passing states.
Research shows that gray matter, namely the area of the brain responsible for emotional regulation, planning, and problem-solving — as well as the cortical thickness, responsible for learning and memory–both increase with regular meditation practice. Alternatively, the amygdala, which regulates how we feel stress, fear, and anxiety, responds to meditation by shrinking.
Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation may reduce depression by decreasing these inflammatory chemicals and lead to more positive emotions, longer-lasting emotional stability and heightened focus during daily life.
For more information on Meditation, you can click on the link below to see the video “Meditation For Beginners.”
MEDITATION FOR BEGINNERS (guided meditation)
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