You may often hear “meditation is good for you” but never really know in what ways. The healing effects of meditation are outstanding. According to Healthline, meditation is best defined as “a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts”. The healing power of meditation is a great reason why one may want to consider practicing on a more regular basis. Here are the top reasons why meditation is beneficial to the mind and body:
- Stress reduction. This is the most common reason why individuals typically practice meditation. Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking. Meditation can help counteract these things.
- Anxiety control. Less stress means less anxiety. Meditation can help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks.
- Promotion of emotional health. Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life. A recent study shows that those who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism.
- May help fight addictions. Meditation can help increase mental discipline which may help one break dependencies by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behavior.
- Improved sleep. Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the racing or “runaway” thoughts that often lead to insomnia. Additionally, it can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep.
- Pain control. Our perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions. Research shows that meditators showed a greater ability to cope with pain and even experienced a reduced sensation of pain.
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