Meditation: Benefits and The Necessity of Mental Well-being
The benefits of meditation are vast and wide-ranging. There is no doubt that this practice has been shown to provide many mental, physical, and emotional health benefits. For example, anxiety reduction, increased energy levels, improved sleep quality, reduced symptoms of depression are some of them.
It’s easy to say that Meditation is a great idea in theory, but the reality is often much different.
There are so many distractions in our daily lives, from technology (phones & laptops) to work or family commitments. It can feel like there isn’t enough time for everything we need to do, let alone add something new into the mix! But when you take the time for self-care – even if just 10 minutes each day – you’ll see how your whole outlook can change.
It can take much practice to build up your meditation routine and find the type, timing, and place best for you. And don’t forget – there are different types of Meditation: mindfulness, transcendental (guided), mantra-based, yoga Nidra, or sleep mediation, to name a few!
If it feels like it’s hard getting started with meditating on your own, check out some apps that have guided sessions that make it easy to start practicing every day. This will not only help get you into the habit but also provide benefits from head to toe! With all these great health benefits, how could we not include Meditation as an essential part of our mental well-being
Why is Meditation important?
- Meditation can help with stress, anxiety, and depression. It is a great way to find your inner peace and focus on what’s important in life – such as the people around you or your family.
- Studies show that those who meditate daily have higher energy levels than those who don’t follow this habit because they’re more relaxed during the day!
- Reduces our body pain by lowering blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and increasing circulation of lymphatic fluid, which decreases tension throughout the whole system. Meditation also plays an essential role in maintaining healthy blood sugar levels for type II diabetes patients, so we’ll sleep better too!
How will Meditation benefit me?
What should I do if my thoughts are racing (and can’t control my feelings or views)? This is one problem some people might face when they first start meditating.
It’s essential to be aware of your thoughts and feelings as they come up. However, it is also vital not to attach yourself to any one thought or to feel for too long – the goal is to watch them arise and pass without judgment. Be kind to yourself while you are learning this process; Meditation isn’t about being perfect!
The most important thing we can do in life is taken care of ourselves mentally. By practicing a daily meditation practice, we improve our mental well-being by increasing empathy towards others and relieving stress from intense emotions like anger & frustration. This may lead us into destructive behaviors (such as lashing out at family members), improving concentration so we’ll have more inner peace and control over our thoughts.
Benefits of Meditation:
- Depression relief
- Anxiety reduction
- Reduced stress and improved concentration, empathy to others, reduced anger & frustration that could lead to destructive behavior (such as lashing out at family members)
- Can Improve memory retention in short-term and long-term storage for more excellent mental well-being during the aging process.
- Can decrease the risk for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis due to increased activity throughout the body’s nerve system.
How does Meditation work?
The practice is simply sitting silently with a focus on your breath. If you notice one or two stressful thoughts coming up through this time, take note but don’t attach yourself to them – just let go of these thoughts without judgment. Try to relax as much as possible until you feel your whole body being fully relaxed and let the thoughts come but don’t attach to them.
Yoga is more than just exercise; it’s designed to create a calm mind that benefits our physical health and our mental and emotional well-being. That’s why I’ve included this blog post in my yoga series! So if you’re ready for Meditation or want even MORE information on what Meditation is all about, keep reading.
What are the Physical Benefits of Meditation?
- According to a study done by Harvard University, Meditation can help reduce blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease. In addition, Meditation reduces stress hormones like cortisol (which is known for increasing anxiety). It lowers inflammation in your body, which may decrease chronic pain or inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease.
- Mediation can help you lose weight by lowering stress hormones like cortisol, increasing anxiety, and making us crave food.
- Meditation decreases your risk of cancer. In addition, Meditation reduces inflammation in the body, decreases chronic pain, and may lessen symptoms for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease, according to a recent study done at Harvard University.
What are the Mental Benefits of Meditation?
- Meditation has been proven to help with ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, addiction (to drugs or alcohol), eating disorders, and more. Because it helps release serotonin from our brain cells into our bloodstreams so that we have higher levels circulating throughout bodies than before Meditation began. Serotonin makes us feel happier! It also improves self-awareness because it increases access
- The National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that Meditation creates changes in brain circuitry and activates areas associated with self-awareness, compassion, empathy, introspection, and positive emotions. This not only means less stress but also an increase in creativity! What about emotional benefits? Studies have shown that Meditation helps people feel more compassionate towards themselves, leading to reduced depression symptoms.
Why do we need to meditate – The bottom line
We need time out of the busyness of life to have peace which leads to happiness. The importance of social connection – Meditation helps us connect with others through empathizing with their experience and thereby converting ourselves from an observer to a participant in the lives of others.