Meditation is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a mental exercise to help practice mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought or activity. More people are starting to recognise the benefits of Meditation and this is why:
Meditation improves focus
Meditation improves your ability to perform tasks requiring focus. “One study tested a variety of different meditation types, including Transcendental, Vipassana, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation and Hindu Meditation, and found that they all improve focus by varying degrees.”
One meditation technique that improves our self-awareness is called mindful breathing. This meditation technique starts with being fully aware of your breathing. The sensation of the breath and the sensations of the body. Simply focus on the feeling and noise of the breath as it travels through your nose. Follow the rise and fall of your chest and stomach.
As a side effect of breath focus, relaxation is achieved. If you practice this daily, your body experiences physiological effects opposite to the fight-or-flight response – your breathing and heart rate slows, the production of stress hormone decreases, your immune system strengthens, etc. These physiological effects help calm the mind and lessen stress and anxiety.
Lengthens attention span
Focused attention and mindfulness meditation improves the ability to reorient and maintain attention. A study showed that workers who regularly practiced meditation stayed focused on a task and remembered details better than their co-workers who didn’t meditate. Meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention.
Studies show that people who meditate fall asleep sooner and stay asleep for longer, compared to those who don’t practice meditation. Practicing meditation can help you control or redirect your racing thoughts that often lead to insomnia. It can help relax your body, release tension and place you in a peaceful state that can help you to fall asleep.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. To avoid getting bogged down in daily pressure and stress, you can practice meditation. Meditation is incredibly effective at reducing stress and anxiety levels. It also [literally] reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying. Mindfulness and Meditations significantly reduce stress. If you want your stress levels to plummet, Meditation may be the answer.
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