For many years, meditation was considered only for weird people who wore kaftans and hung out in vegan restaurants. But in reality, they knew something that the rest of the world didn’t.
Thanks to social media, meditation become one of the most popular searched for words online. The reason for its fame’s hike lies in the fact that more and more people have discovered the mental benefits of meditation. So let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of meditation on mental health.
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Benefits of Meditation on Mental Health:
1. Reduces stress
Stress is a killer and anything that can be done to reduce it must be on your list, and meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce stress. In fact, the more stressful your life is, the more beneficial meditation is.
Even, mindfulness meditation benefits are now being examined scientifically and have been found to be a key element in stress reduction. And remember what I said about it being weird? Well, forget it. Not only do many celebrities meditate but so do the NFL, the army, and even politicians.
2. Relieves anxiety
Having anxiety attacks is not a great way to go through life. Unfortunately, there is not a great deal that can be done to lessen them. Sure, there are meds but who wants to take drugs all the time? Meditation is a much healthier option.
And if you want to go all-in, you can try yoga. A recent study showed that people who practice yoga had less anxiety than people who only meditated, almost certainly because of the extra physical activity involved.
3. Promotes mental health
There are many studies already has proven that meditation benefits for the brain are amazing. When you decrease stress and relieve anxiety, your mental health improves.
Okay, that may not be a shocking revelation. However, the benefits of meditation are exponential. That means that the more your mental health improves, the more it is going to improve.
As your stress levels decrease, you will feel better about yourself. And not just that. People who do meditation tend to be more positive in their thinking and have a more optimistic outlook in general.
4. Increases happiness
Of course, all the good stuff above means that people who know the benefits of meditation are generally happier. That may not be very surprising either but the fact is that less stress and anxiety mean better health which means more happiness.
And with more happiness comes more positive thinking and more optimism. In fact, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it were. More happiness means more positivity and optimism. More positivity and optimism means more happiness and so on.
5. Improves productivity
The great thing about all of this positivity, optimism, and happiness is that it makes you are a far more productive person at work. The problem with stress, and maybe anxiety more so, is that both those negative emotions mean more fear.
But, regular meditation helps us to create a positive mentality by reducing stress and anxiety which can increase productivity in the workplace too. Fear stops us from taking action.
In fact, fear stops us from doing most things. The benefits of meditation mean that the feelings of fear are greatly diminished, allowing us to get on with doing more in our lives.
6. Improves sleep
One of the most positive benefits of meditation is that it improves sleep, which is a benefit in so many other ways. In fact, here is a good moment to point out what you have probably already noticed. Everything is linked to everything else.
Decreasing one negative aspect of your life increases another positive aspect, and sleeping is no different. Sleeping well means getting up early and starting off your day properly, which benefits you in so many other ways, such as reducing anxiety and stress.
7. Increases concentration
Not all the benefits of meditation are physical, some of them are psychological. For instance, in our brains, there is something called a pre-frontal cortex. Now, where it is and what it does is not overly important. However, one of the responsibilities of the pre-frontal cortex is concentration.
By meditating every day, you are working out your pre-frontal cortex, which means you are going to be able to concentrate not only better but also for longer periods of time. If nothing else, that should help you when you’re working. Also, the benefits of meditation for students are great; because regular meditation can improve memory.
8. Improves sociability
This is another spiritual benefit of meditation that is more psychological than physical, but they all count. With all these feelings of positivity and optimism, and no longer feeling so anxious and stressful, there are many knock-on benefits as well.
Feeling better about yourself will make you want to meet other people, mainly to tell them how much better you feel about yourself. And that’s great. In fact, the more people you tell, the better you’ll feel and you never know, you may even affect someone in a beneficial way as well.
9. Improve kindness
One type of meditation may even increase your feelings of brotherly and sisterly feelings towards your fellow man. There is a type of meditation called Metta meditation which teaches kindness. The idea is that you learn to be kind to yourself first.
Then, when you have learned how to be kind to yourself, you can learn to be kind to others. That’s the theory and studies have shown that it really works. Using Metta meditation relieves anxiety, helps manage anger, and even reduces matrimonial fighting.
10. Stops memory loss
You’ll have to put this is the ‘maybe’ column but one of the benefits of meditation may be that as you get older, your memory will not let you down. Studies have shown that some types of meditation can help with memory tasks in old age. There are also studies that suggest that attention spans and memory loss can be improved in the elderly.
There are even more studies that suggest that meditation partially helps the memories with people suffering from dementia. As I said though, the jury is definitely out on many of these studies but no matter what, meditation will benefit you. And if it helps you stay more mentally active when you’re older, that’s even better.
10. Decreases blood pressure
This benefit of meditation is more physical than mental. However, it is also related to mental health. Meditation benefits you in two ways when it comes to blood pressure.
Firstly, meditation lower blood pressure which means there is less pressure on the arteries and the heart, which is excellent from a general health point of view.
However, as we already know, one of the biggest benefits of meditation is stress reduction. That also has many health benefits as too much stress causes a lack of sleep, depression, and increased blood pressure.
So, there you have it, One of the best benefits of meditation is that there are so many different ways that it can help you, both physically and psychologically. And I forgot to mention one other major benefit of meditation; you can do it anywhere.
So, for enjoying the psychological and physical benefits of meditation, everyone should spend a few minutes a day in meditation. Click here to watch the video on YouTube.
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