10 Reasons Meditation Could Be a Coup for You
By Sandy Schroeder
Meditation, especially mindfulness meditation, is everywhere. If you have not tried it, you may want to find out what the buzz is all about.
Here are some of the good things that happen, according to Lifehack.
Productivity accelerates – Recent studies show people who use mindfulness meditation often perform better in demanding high-stress situations than other workers. Another study found doing a daily meditation encourages approach-oriented brain activity versus a tendency to withdraw.
New ideas just show up – If that freewheeling innovative part of your brain needs a jumpstart, mindfulness meditation might do it. The “in and out” process used in mindfulness seems to stimulate fresh ideas.
Friendship thrives – Meditation encourages us to know and accept ourselves, which may help us better understand our friends, too. It also emphasizes positive attitudes which often spill over to an individual’s relationships.
Brain sharpening – Mindfulness training helps the brain access and process information more efficiently. Individuals find it is easier to collect, absorb, and discard information that’s not needed. The meditation process may also make the brain more receptive to new ideas, encouraging moving from one thought to another to stay current and competitive.
Power of focus– Many mindfulness meditators say they now have a stronger focus when listening to music. They no longer drift off in the middle of the performance or become distracted.
Feel connected – Meditation may help you feel less isolated. Even though we are often connected online, feelings of loneliness often occur in our culture, especially among teens and seniors. Meditation may help fill the gap with a sense of unity. When it is done as a class, it can provide even more reinforcement.
Reducing anxiety – Symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety were reduced in a study of high school students who did a six-month mindfulness program.
Lower stress – Mayo Clinic doctors say, “Meditation might be useful if you have a medical condition that is worsened by stress.”When you handle stress better you reduce its impact on the body.
Sleep better – When you consider meditation helps ease anxiety and lessen stress, it figures it might help you sleep better. Many people rely on meditation to relieve the tension of the day, helping them rest at night.
Boost metabolism - Another study found meditation increased mitochondria. Mitochondria are the energy depots in our cells that help inprove metabolism.
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