Why you should start meditating
Let’s face it, life can be incredibly stressful and in today’s society we seem to never have time to complete everything we set out to do. We’ve all experienced stressful situations, which can alter our moods. We lash out on the people we love, without thinking, but you don’t have to keep living like this.
What if there was a way to reduce your stress and live a healthier life? I’m here to tell you there is and it’s something that has been around for centuries. It’s called meditation. I know what you are thinking right now “I don’t have time in my day to sit around and do nothing.” We all make time for things that are important in our life and your health should take precedence. Here are some scientifically proven reasons you are going to want to find time to start mediating.
What is meditation?
Meditation focuses on awareness. It is a state of consciousness, where the mind is free of the thought process. It is a technique that takes years to master, but don’t let that scare you away. The first image you might think of when mediation comes to mind is the classic meditation pose of sitting on the ground with your legs folded, and hands resting on your knees. But there are many ways to meditate; you just have to find the right way for you.
Stress can have a serious impact on your health if not managed properly. Meditation helps you learn to override part of your brain that is responsible for the fear mechanism. This is where the stress hormone, cortisol is released. Cortisol is responsible for a number of different health issues. Altering the way you react to stressful situation helps reduce the release of this hormone.
Help relieve depression
Research has found that just 30 minutes of meditation has the power to improve the symptoms of depression. Long term practice of meditation has the potential to prevent it all together. This is because those who meditate have more control over their brain processes, cutting out negative thoughts before they can take root.
Ditch that temper
It was found that those who utilize meditation tend to be nicer. One study found that participants tend to be more empathetic, laugh more, are more social, and more focused on the team rather than themselves.
Live a healthier life
While reducing stress helps keeps you healthy, there are number of other benefits to your health meditation can provide. This includes:
· Reduces anxiety
· Improves focus
· Higher pain tolerance
· Helps manage ADHD
· Improves memory
· Reduces the risk of heart disease
· Reduces blood pressure
The greatest enemy you will ever face is the one inside your own head. We are constantly overthinking and getting lost in our subconscious mind. This is where most of our problems are created, problems that aren’t necessarily there. We get lost in thought and forget to live in the moment. This creates stress that can build up over the years and negatively impact our health. Everyone wants to think they control the world around them, but the truth is we only have control over our own actions and reactions. Meditation teaches you how to live simply in the moment.