If you’ve never meditated before, you may not think that this Buddhist technique of transforming the mind and spirit is for you. But wait – you may be surprised to discover just how many problems meditation can help with…
In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to slow down and even harder to switch off. We’re rushing from task to task, sleeping less soundly and having scattered thoughts, all of which add up to a less-than-peaceful way to go through life. There’s more content posted on the internet in one day than we could ever consume in a lifetime, and our brain can easily become exhausted by all the information it’s constantly receiving. You may find that focusing on one thing at a time is impossible. And that’s where meditation comes in.
Why is meditation important? Well, it not only helps to you develop better powers of concentration, it can also help you gain positive energy, keep you calm and help your mind and body to work in harmony. Here are 6 ways in which you can use meditation to solve problems you’re experiencing day-to-day:
1) REDUCING STRESS
If you’re suffering from a period of mental or physical stress, the hormone cortisol increases rapidly within the body. This stress hormone may lead to many harmful effects such as depression, anxiety, and irritation. It also damages the sleeping cells of your body, but we’ll go on to insomnia shortly. If you’re going through a stressful time, a brief stint of meditation can instantly stabilise your mind, help you think straight and, at the very least, lets you take a breath and remain calm in stressful situations.
2) EMOTIONAL HEALTH
When meditation is included in your daily exercise, it can help with depression and the amount of cortisol released is also reduced. You will therefore feel less irritable, less tearful and be less snappy in all areas of your life. Meditation creates a sense of calmness to feel the weight of the world lifting off your shoulders. Regular practice strengthens your brain in the same way that lifting weights working out your muscles at the gym, allowing you to improve your emotional strength and resilience for when you need it most.
3) IMPROVED CONCENTRATION
The constant input of information into our brains is sometimes just too much, and we can become overwhelmed. Meditation teaches us to concentrate on just one thing at a time (or sometimes nothing at all!) to improve your ability to live in the moment. It can be difficult to quieten a busy mind so singing bowls are often used in meditation. A singing bowl produces a pleasant sound which makes your mind relax and stay in a deep state of natural meditation. As you practice meditation over a period of time, you may find that you’ve improved your ability to concentrate and can easily ‘turn off’ your thoughts.
4) BETTER SLEEP
As I mentioned earlier, the stress hormone cortisol can keep you awake at night, as can a busy mind. We’ve all been there: lying in bed with thoughts whizzing around our brain, making mental lists for the next day or worrying about things we’ve got to do. Meditation has the power to keep your mind in a peaceful state and regenerates the cells that help you to sleep soundly. There are guided meditation apps that encourage you to drift off to sleep. Head and neck support is important if you’re meditating in order to fall asleep so the combination of feathers in goose down pillows provide both lofty softness from the down fibres, as well as firm support from the feathers. You’ll be drifting off to sleep in no time.
5) CALMER TEMPERAMENT
If you have a short temper and can become easily riled meditation is a proven solution to calm your irritability. Meditation gives you more positive energy and with this you’ll find yourself not getting so angry or losing your temper easily. It also stops you from ruminating on things that have been bugging you, as meditation encourages you to live in the moment rather than looking back at negative events or anticipating future problems.
6) FIGHT ADDICTION & CONTROL PAIN
If you are suffering from any type of body pain or addiction meditation is the right choice to deal with the problem. Instead of taking medicines for the pain you can try to control and ‘turn down’ the aches in your body through the power of your mind. You may find great relief without the use of painkillers. Similarly, meditation can give you the strength of mind to be able to cope with quitting an addiction such as smoking or drinking. A daily meditation practice also reduces blood pressure, making your body and life healthier overall.
What other benefits have you experience from meditation? Has it helped you deal with certain issues and problems in your life? Let me know how you’ve used meditation improve the mental and physical health of your mind and body in the comments below 🙂
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