Meditation and mindfulness are linked to overall improved wellness – enhancing both physical and emotional well-being.
Including mediation in your daily routine can help manage your stress levels and high blood pressure, help you sleep better, feel more balanced, connected, and even lower your risk of heart disease.
Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.
During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress.
Stress is your body’s natural alarm system It releases a hormone called adrenaline that makes your breathing speed up and your heart rate and blood pressure rise. It kicks us into action, which can be a good thing when we’re faced with a real danger or need to perform.
But that “fight or flight” response can take a toll on your body when it goes on too long or is a regular occurrence. Mindfulness meditation provides a method for handling stress in a healthier way.
Recent studies have offered promising results about the impact of meditation in reducing blood pressure. There is also evidence that it can help people manage insomnia, depression and anxiety.
Some research suggests that meditation physically changes the brain and could help:
- increase ability to process information
- slow the cognitive effects of aging
- reduce inflammation
- support the immune system
- reduce symptoms of menopause
- control the brain’s response to pain
- improve sleep
More research is needed, but it’s clear that meditation has positive effects on the body and brain!
Emotionally we can benefit too from meditation. Benefits include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
- Lowering resting heart rate
The bottom line is though, while meditation can help with wellbeing – assisting with stress management, sleep and feeling better, it shouldn’t replace lifestyle changes like eating healthier, managing your weight and getting regular physical activity.
As alwways, stay fit, happy, and healthy!
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