Meditation; who has time for that? Between binge watching streaming content and wasting time around the house, most of us can probably carve out 20 minutes for some mental grounding and peace of mind. Not convinced? We have some important insight into meditation you should know about.
Meditation is known for helping to keep you “centered”, but what does that even mean? To be centered is to have a healthy mental reference point you can “reset” back to every time emotions or stressful situations in life get you off balance. While a centered state of mind is a huge benefit of meditating, mindfulness meditation doesn’t stop there.
So, what is mindfulness meditation? Mindfulness Meditation originates from a Buddhist tradition, and involves an individual acknowledging reality by allowing their mind to wander while accepting any thoughts that arise. This popular form of meditation is practiced by sitting with your legs crossed, eyes closed and back straight, with a strong focus on your breathing. More than likely, you will experience wandering thoughts, in which case you should shift your focus back to breathing.
Now that you understand the basics of meditation, here are four proven ways it can improve your health:
It Keeps You Sharp
Canadian researchers conducted a study on two groups of people to test the effects of mindfulness meditation. One group participated in a 10-minute meditation session, while the other listened to the audio recording of The Hobbit. After assigning both groups with a computer task, the researchers found that the meditating group performed the task more efficiently, concluding that 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve focus.
It Improves Your Beauty Rest
Because meditation helps to calm a wandering mind, it’s a great remedy for insomnia. A 2015 study split 49 middle-aged adults who had trouble sleeping into two groups. One group attended a sleep education class, while the other participated in a mindfulness awareness program. The researchers found that the group who practiced meditation experienced less fatigue and insomnia.
It Boosts Self-Control
Meditation shifts the way we think, which can affect our level of self-control. Many of us would throw a daily fit at work or eat the entire dessert menu if it weren’t for self-control. But for those who have less of that self-control than others, meditation can help boost your willpower. According to this 2012 study, mindfulness meditation can counteract the “delirious” feeling we experience when trying to exercise self-control.
It Makes You Feel Confident
No one is 100% satisfied with their body all the time, right? Researchers studied body dissatisfaction in two groups of women; one attended a meditation class for three weeks, and the other received no meditation training. They found that the meditation had a lasting effect on the women who attended class; leaving them feeling more appreciative and less dissatisfied with their bodies than the women who did not attend class, even three months after the completion of the study.
Now that you have a better understanding of the benefits of meditation, will you make time for the journey to better sleep, greater self-control, improved focus and a deeper appreciation of your body?
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