When you hear the word meditation, what do you think? Do you associate the act with reduced stress levels, greater happiness and inner peace, or do you simply dismiss it as a load of old hippy rubbish?
Of course, there is a certain stereotype which comes with the act of meditation and mindfulness, and here at MindFit we want to squash that reputation once and for all and tell you that meditation may be just what you’ve been looking for! For many of us who haven’t taken part in a meditation class before, it can be hard to be aware of the benefits that come with doing so. You may be thinking: How can meditation be good for me? Here are just a few important reasons why meditation and mindfulness are such a positive thing to introduce to your life.
• Reduced Stress Levels- Have you been feeling a little overwhelmed recently? Sometimes when the brain encounters a build-up of minor stressful incidents, you can begin to feel panicked, angry or miserable. Reduced stress levels are one of the most palpable changes which will occur in your mind when you begin the act of meditation. But how does this happen? Harvard researchers found that during meditation, the body has what they call the relaxation response, which gives us rest that is deeper than the rest we get from sleep. They also found that through regular meditation, the deep rest builds up in the body over time, and it is that deepening reservoir of rest that reduces stress.
• Physical Health Benefits- Numerous studies have proved that meditation can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. With so many elements in today’s society being called out as dangerous towards our health, isn’t it great to take part in something which is good for our bodies?
• Mental Health Benefits- As well as reducing stress, the mental health benefits of practicing meditation and mindfulness include a reduced likelihood of depression, insomnia, sleeplessness, anxiety and worry, and can increase productivity, learning, happiness, wellbeing and inner peace. Meditation can also improve concentration levels and help you focus more easily on day to day tasks.
But I don’t know how to meditate. You may think. Or maybe you’re wondering if you’re the ‘type of person’ who can meditate. Don’t worry. With the right attitude, meditating is quick and easy to learn, and you don’t have to be in a temple, follow certain rituals, abandon your current way of life or change yourself to fit into any kind of meditation stereotype you may have heard about.
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