It assists you in making better decisions.
By assessing the benefits and drawbacks of your options, meditation can help you make sensible judgments. It’s easy to get caught up in the present, but meditation can help people learn not to make decisions solely on emotion; instead of focusing on short-term needs, they can evaluate the long-term consequences of a decision. In both children and adults, meditation has been related to increased emotional intelligence. When making a decision, these people are more prone to consider the sentiments of others as well as their own. It’s a valuable skill to have in many aspects of life, from personal connections to your professional life!
Helps you deal with anxiety.
Meditation can help you deal with your anxiety. Here’s how:
- Meditation is an effective stress management technique
- Meditation helps you get in control of your emotions
- Anxiety is a mental health issue
- Meditation is a great way to reduce anxiety
- Meditation helps you be more calm
Anxiety and meditation are two sides of the same coin. One calms the other down. Your mind needs to work out time and say a regular “Hello” to the rest of your body. It makes sense why scientists call it a practice when they talk about meditation, because it takes commitment for your body and mind to get used to it. You need to continually remind yourself and your body about this commitment for better health and better self worth. By doing just 5 minutes a day, you can build a habit that becomes part of your everyday activities. Once it becomes a habit, you’ll see immeasurable results your happiness, stress levels, and mental well being.
A peaceful Mind equals a peaceful sleep
Getting older leads to more health problems as well as poorer sleep. I remember the good old days where if I forgot to set my alarm, I actually slept well into the morning. And now it seems that even if I forget to set an alarm clock, I’ll somehow be awake at 3AM, wishing I could fall back to sleep. In fact, I hope for the day that I will sleep past an alarm and miss work. It would mean I had an amazing night’s sleep. The good news is that meditation can counter insomnia.
If you’re consistently waking up with insomnia and want to enhance your sleep quality, consider this simple meditation exercise before your slumber. Lie down in your bed or on the floor on a mat. I prefer the mat. Repeat the numbers “one, two, and three” as you inhale three times, keeping your eyes gently closed. Picture the top of your head and slowly work your way to your toes, focusing on the differing parts of your body as you breathe in and out. Relax your legs, arms, and body as much as possible when you think about each respective area. After that, release your stresses, headaches, and stay focused on each inhale and exhale, ensuring that you breathe in through your nose, and exhale through your mouth. Do this for about 8 minutes, and you’ll enter an amazing relaxation state.
Dedicate some time to oneself for self-clarity
Taking care of ourselves is extremely important, and we’ve all heard the saying that one can’t help others until you help yourself. Often times, we believe helping ourself consists of taking more vacation days, visiting the beach or spa, or watching TV. We believe a mental health day will be enough to solve our problems. But the sad truth is they aren’t. Mental health isn’t a problem that can be solved by a one day or one time experience. It takes diligent effort and a daily habit.
Enter meditation as a method of self-reflection. It’s the everyday practice of sitting quietly for a few minutes, focusing on your breath and allowing other ideas to pass by without becoming involved in them. If you add just 5 minutes of meditation to your daily routine, you’ll feel more calm and focused throughout the day—but it’s easy to say you don’t have time for it.
However, including meditation into your daily routine (which can be done while waiting for your morning coffee to brew) may be as simple as adding one minute to your morning ritual. It’s even possible to do it while multitasking! If you absolutely want an excuse not to do anything, then we can’t help you out there. You have to decide to want the change. Only then, will it actually happen.
Meditation will save you money
“I don’t have time for meditation,” you claim every morning, while trying taking care of your busy morning routine. You want to prepare for the day, so you’ve made time to grab a coffee, or cook breakfast, shower, do some morning chores. That’s already too many things, so how can you afford another minute for another activity.
Here’s the thing: meditation isn’t just another task you have to do. It’s the #1 thing you should do FIRST to help set the tone for the rest of your day. When you meditate, you have time to understand what is truly important in your life and what is not. Maybe you think you need to spend $5.99 on that cup of coffee. Caffeine equals productivity, right? But you may find that after meditation, you don’t need nor care for your coffee. Your mind has had time to sort through it’s challenges, and with it feeling more suited to face the day, you’ll find you won’t depend on coffee or other vices to get you through.
This leads to a self improving feedback loop. Spending less on coffee makes you feel better about your spending habits, which makes your mind calmer, which allows you to incorporate other healthier habits into your lifestyle. All of this, because you introduced meditation into your lifestyle.
Most individuals who practice daily meditation do so to relax and de-stress, but scientists have actually learned that meditation can alter the structure and neurological pathways of your brain, making it more efficient and healthy!
Studies have demonstrates that meditation increases the efficiency and functionality of our brains by boosting blood flow, which provides us with more oxygen and nutrients that can help us heal brain damage, reduce the onset of illnesses like Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and improve our memory. Our brain is composed of millions of synapses, all firing responses and thoughts. Meditation can help stabilize and strengthen these synaptic pathways in the same way that a good night sleep can.
Meditation has unlimited benefits
In this blog, I discussed all things meditation. Why it’s an amazing habit to incorporate in your life and all the health benefits that come along with it.
Since humans have existed on our planet, so has meditation. From the early Mayans to even scientology, meditation has made its way through our civilization and our culture, and history can attest to its effectiveness.
With all of the amazing health benefits, meditation is something that is not only a part of our past, but something that will stay in our future. In addition, a one minute daily meditation can make legitimate differences to a person’s health conditions. Heart disease, depression, and pain management have shown to be mitigated by meditation. If anything, meditation is the best prophylactic activity one can implement to stay healthy.
Implement just 1 minute of meditation to your morning for an overall happier and fulfilling life. And if you need some time to think about it, why not meditate about it :).