In today’s world, many people suffer with a range of anxiety symptoms. Many things can stress you out daily and it is not about to get any better.
The good news is that you do not need to let them get the best of you. Using meditation techniques, you can help reduce the anxiety you feel and enjoy a more relaxed life.
Meditation is simply focusing your attention in an effort to eliminate the confusion that often crowds the mind. As a result, you can discover a way to enter into a more relaxed frame of mind. Here are seven benefits you can get from meditation.
A Calmer Mind
Instead of getting stressed out at circumstances, you can have a calm mind and therefore be able to think clearly. Meditation helps you stay in control of things like anger, anxiety symptoms, stress, and situations that demand self-control.
Increase Skills over Self-control
If you are an individual who is easily angered in situations or at people’s actions, meditation can help you gain greater self-control and better anger management. Meditation will develop your skills at managing your stress, enabling you to grow stronger, says the Mayo Clinic.
Builds a Greater Focus on the Now
Researchers have discovered that meditation is able to remove a greater focus on self, and replace it with a better present-centered focus. This means that there are fewer distractions in the mind and a greater awareness of the now – or an ability to focus on the present needs of the hour. Psychology Today says that meditation can develop a new default mode in the mind by practicing it, and that it leads to a more focused mind.
The magazine also says that it will increase the amount of gray matter in the insula region of the brain; our emotional hub. Additionally they explain it’s great for writing and other creative tasks because it will enable you to move from being distracted to being creative quickly.
Reduce Harmful Effects on Your Body
When you are stressed and exhibit anxiety symptoms, your adrenal glands produce cortisol. It causes your body and mind to go into a fight or flight mode. Naturally, it is raised to higher levels of preparedness, but it also stresses the body if it continues over a long time. Being stressed for long periods damages your body. Meditation can reduce the cortisol, enabling your body to be healthier, strengthen your immune system, and even enable you to think more clearly.
Reduce Negative Emotions and anxiety symptoms
As you practice meditation more, it will help you gain control over the type of thoughts you permit yourself to have. The added discipline will enable you to recognize negative and unproductive thoughts, as well as substitute them with more beneficial thinking.
Some types of meditation were found to be more effective than others for certain types of situations. They did help at work, moods, and anxiety symptoms, but did not help much with sleep problems, family relations, and sex.
Ease Stress Caused By Illness and Pain
When looking at studies performed in the past, Johns Hopkins University discovered that mindfulness meditation was able to help people who were having anxiety, pain and depression. It helped them to ease up these problems.
Meditation Is Free
Meditation is something you can start on your own without any cost. You can learn more about it online or get a book from the library. It will take about 15 to 20 minutes at a time to simply stop what you are doing and concentrate on emptying your mind, focusing on a sound like oomm, or just focusing on your breathing.
Meditating longer produces stronger benefits and can reduce your anxiety symptoms even more. Developing a habit of it will take a little time and patience, but it is worth it in the long run. It also has the benefit of no side effects.
So as you can see, regular meditation practice has considerable benefits on your health, both emotionally and mentally. At our Mind Center, our coaches nurture this practice and teach people how to dive into it fully
About the Author
Tom Topham holds a 1st class honours degree in Sports Science (Human Performance) from Brunel University, England. He also comes from a triathlon background, competing as an age-grouper and holds a level 2 triathlon coaching qualification.
About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.