The Health Benefits of Meditation

meditation wellness Jun 18, 2019
 

Do you meditate? Have you ever tried? I have at various times over the years. Finally, about two months ago, I gave it another try and have been much more successful this time. If you don’t currently meditate I highly recommend you start.

Meditation can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. It can help you remain calm throughout the day. Your body and mind will be revitalized and refreshed during this time of deep relaxation. Meditation may also be useful in relieving stress and anxiety. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance

 

When it comes to your physical health, meditating on a regular basis can result in the following benefits:

  • Relieve asthma
  • Lessen chronic pain
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Promote better sleep
  • Lessen anxiety
  • Faster healing
  • Decreased use of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes
  • Lower cholesterol
  • A stronger immune response

Decide on a start date and pick a time when you will do it every day. Make sure there are no distractions or disruptions. Select a nice, quiet, comfortable space. When you begin meditating don’t be surprised if your mind wanders, let it. The more you do it the easier it will get. Start out with 10 minutes then build to 15. 

You may find it helpful to begin with guided meditation. There are several apps available, including Calm, to help you get started. Or you can watch a Light Watkins video on YouTube. Do whatever works best for you.

Take a proactive approach to your health. Implement as many natural, holistic approaches as possible. Remember to enjoy life, choose happiness, and be your best every day!

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