With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated. It can even affect our health. That is where mediation comes in to save the day. Meditation provides limitless benefits to our physical and mental health, with over 80 percent of Fortune 500 CEO’s practicing some form of meditation. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the health benefits of meditation.
1. Reduce Stress
Meditation reduces stress by allowing you take control of your mind and emotions. Meditating forces you to relax by allowing you time to forget about the daily stresses of your life. Studies have shown that people who meditate regularly have reduced stress levels than those who don’t. Meditating to reduce stress is also a fantastic, permanent solution as opposed to anti-anxiety meditation, which can be habit-forming.
2. Increased Happiness
You will find that by meditating often, your happiness will be dramatically increased. By decreasing unneeded stress through meditation, you are opening the floodgates for serotonin to be produced. Increased cortisol from stress has a negative effect on the production of the chemicals that make us happy. Studies have even shown that brain signaling increases on the left side of the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for positive emotions, while activity decreases on the right side, responsible for negative emotions.
3. Cardiovascular Health
The connection between stress and negative cardiovascular health is well documented. Unwanted stress can result in increased heart rate, damaged blood vessels, high blood pressure, and an increase in serum cholesterol levels.. all symptoms that lead to cardiovascular disease. Meditation not only reduces stress levels, but can also lower high blood pressure. According to the U.S. News and World Report, it has been shown that “meditation induces relaxation, which increases the compound nitric oxide that causes blood vessels to open up and subsequently, blood pressure to drop.” By meditating regularly, your heart will thank you.
4. Improve Concentration
Meditating can vastly improve your concentration. When meditating, you are allowing your self to concentrate on your internal energy. This takes some practice to get good at, so do not be discouraged if you have trouble focusing the first time you meditate. Over time, you will get better at centering your energy, while being able to clear your mind of distractions. As you get better at meditating, you’ll notice how it carries over to your everyday life. You will be better able to focus on daily activities, while also experiencing a clearer state of mind. When you really need to focus on something, while not letting anything distract you, you will already know how to do this from your meditation practice.