✔️Greater focus, multi-tasking, & productivity/performance at work
✔️Lower blood pressure
✔️Increases brain’s grey matter & reduces fear in amygdala
✔️Reduce tension, and anxiety
✔️Lowers cortisol & other stress hormones
✔️Lowers risk of depression
✔️May help w/ addictions
✔️Bring about feelings of wellness
✔️Meditation-and-the-brain research has new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG; including neurological benefits – like increases in grey matter volume.
Worth a Try:
✔️Meditation is not a panacea, but there’s certainly a lot of evidence that it may do some good for those who practice it regularly. Everyone from Anderson Cooper and congressman Tim Ryan to companies like Google, Apple and Target are integrating meditation into their schedules. Plus, its benefits seem to be felt after a relatively short amount of practice.
✔️Improves Sleep One study compared mindfulness-based meditation programs and found that people who meditated stayed asleep longer and had improved insomnia severity, compared with those who had an unmedicated control condition.
Meditation Helps Preserve the Aging Brain ✔️A recent study from UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged.
✔️Kirtan Kriya is a method of meditation that combines a mantra or chant with repetitive motion of the fingers to focus your thoughts. Studies in people with age-related memory loss have shown it improves performance on neuropsychological tests.
✔️Decreases anxiety. A 2013 study suggests that meditation can reduce anxiety by almost 40%. Its Effects Rival Antidepressants for Depression, Anxiety
✔️Researcher Madhav Goyal and his team found that the effect size of meditation was moderate, at 0.3., same as antidepressants, also 0.3.
✔️“A lot of people have this idea that meditation means sitting down and doing nothing,” says Goyal. “But that’s not true.
✔️Furthermore, research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including IBS, PTSD, and fibromyalgia.
✔️Another study found that people who completed a meditation exercise experienced fewer negative thoughts in response to viewing negative images, compared with those in a control group.
✔️There were also decreases in brain cell volume in the amygdala, which is responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress.
Reduces Pain ✔️38 studies concluded that mindfulness meditation could reduce pain, improve quality of life, and decrease symptoms of depression in people with chronic pain.
Can Decrease Blood Pressure ✔️Meditation can also reduce strain on the heart. Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function, or atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
Boosts Immunity ✔️Researchers found that regular meditation increases electrical activity in the left side of the brain, and levels of antibodies in blood – which is responsible for your immune system.
✔️Focused-attention meditation is like weightlifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention.
✔️ One study found that 13 minutes daily enhanced attention and memory after 8 weeks.
✔️Studies have shown its benefits in reducing anxiety, even years after the initial 8-week course. 🤯
Meditation Can Help with Addiction ✔️One study in 60 people receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder found that practicing transcendental meditation was associated with lower levels of stress, psychological distress, alcohol cravings, and alcohol use after 3 months.
✔️Meditation may also help you control food cravings. A review of 14 studies found mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce emotional and binge eating.
The Bottom Line:
✔️Meditation is something everyone can do anywhere, to improve their mental and emotional health.
Kelli Irwin is a Reiki Master Teacher, Sound Healing Practitioner, Huna Initiate, Fascial Release Facilitator, Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, & Blogger.
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