Meditation is all the rage these days. But is it just another fad, or is it actually a good thing to start doing? Well, it probably depends on how you feel about becoming less stressed and more physically healthy. You feel good about that? Well, in that case, you might want to consider taking it up. After all, the benefits are numerous.
There’s nothing better for reducing stress than by getting away from the thing that’s stressing you out. Meditation requires you to take ten minutes to yourself somewhere quiet, and focus on breathing. Therefore, these two facts mean that meditation is a perfect way to combat stress. It doesn’t take a long time, either. Even taking ten minutes can help to put things in perspective.
Studies have shown that people who meditate have an increased ability to stay on task when they’re working. They also switch between tasks less and appear to have a higher level of satisfaction in what they’re doing. Meditation improves focus and memory skills, which both contribute to the ability to concentrate for longer periods of time.
A key part of meditation is learning to acknowledge the way you’re feeling rather than burying your emotions. You acknowledge it, and then you move on. That can be applied in everyday life as well – if you feel yourself getting angry you can deal with it and move on rather than letting the negativity fester and get worse.
Reduced blood pressure and illness
As you reduce your stress levels, there’s a good chance you’ll see a reduction in blood pressure. There’s also a physical effect as well. As you relax, your body’s level of Nitric Oxide increases. This in turn causes your blood vessels to open up, which means your blood pressure is reduced. There are also regular meditators who swear they experience less illness since they started meditation. However, the jury still seems to be out the effect of meditation on the immune system.
If you’ve been feeling a creative block lately, meditation can help to work past it. We’ve aready mentioned that meditation can lead to increased concentration, increased self-awareness, and reduced stress. As a result, many people experience significant increase in creativity. As it turns out, all you need is a quieter mind.
It might be a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a colleague, a boss, or just that stranger in the street who barged in to you. Either way, meditation can help you to feel more open and compassionate which can, in turn, have a positive impact on your relationships with the people in your life.
As a result of all of the above, once you start meditating you might find you start feeling happier on a daily basis. And why wouldn’t you? After all, you’ve made yourself healthier, and less stressed, and you might even have improved your relationships. Just imagine what could happen if you did it on a regular basis.
So, what do you think? Will you be taking up meditation? If so, the classes on HowNow are a great place to start as you can get one-on-one guidance to get you started and you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home.