Now, more than ever, people are looking for peace of mind and calmness. With the ongoing pandemic and the issues hounding the country, it’s perfectly normal to experience bouts of anxiety these days.
This anxious feeling is really uncomfortable as it hinders us from performing the tasks that we still need to do despite the not-so-normal events happening around us. And although we want to stay in bed all day, escape the world, and just wait for it to get better, it’s not really realistic and counter-productive.
So how do you stay calm and have your presence of mind intact during these troubled times? My Pope recommends meditation! (Read: Here’s why you feel so tired while in quarantine — and what to do with it!)
Before you raise your eyebrow and think that this is just some mumbo-jumbo, read on as we present 5 benefits of mindfulness and meditation. Trust us, it’s science!
Meditation Reduces Stress
Perhaps one of the reasons why meditation is so effective is because it is one of the best stress-busters out there. A study of over 3,500 adults showed that meditation actively reduces stress. It also relieves and improves symptoms of stress-related conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and high blood pressure.
Meditation Helps Control Anxiety
Stressful moments lead to anxiety. And if meditation reduces stress, it also lessens the anxiety that we feel.
A study has showed that participants who have practiced regular meditation maintained lower anxiety levels over the long term. One form of meditation is yoga because it involves meditative practice and physical activity. (Read: We Asked a Fitness Coach: What’s the Best Way to Stay Fit at Home?)
Meditation Boosts Self-Awareness
Now, more than ever, we are given a chance to look into ourselves and be self-aware. Through this, we are invited to become our best self—physically, mentally, and spiritually.
One thing to help with that is through meditation. If you practice self-inquiry, it helps you understand yourself better and those around you. In fact, one study shows that those who practice meditation through joining a mindfulness program have experienced reduced feelings of loneliness compared to those who have not joined. (Read: 4 False Beliefs That Hold You Back From Being Your Best Self)
Meditation Reduces Age-Related Memory Loss
Practicing meditation requires focus. Through this, it improves one’s attention and clarity of thinking that helps in keeping the mind young.
Studies show that multiple meditation styles can result in improvements in attention, memory, and mental quickness among volunteers of advanced age. It can also partially improve memory in patients with dementia. (Read: We asked grandparents: How do you attain genuine happiness?)
Meditation Can Generate Positive Emotions
With the pandemic and the issues happening around the world, it helps to have a dose of positivity in our life. Meditation can help with that.
Metta, known as loving-kindness meditation, helps one to develop kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself. And if you are kind to yourself, extending kindness to others will be an easy task—first to friends and family, then acquaintances, and then to those whom you think you can never be kind ever.