8 Reasons to Give Meditation a Try

A lot of people steer clear of meditation because they think itís all about the Ďomís and the crossed legs. But, in reality, meditation can benefit everyone, and there’s really no right or wrong way to do it. Here are 8 great reasons to give†meditation an honest try.

Kick depression in the butt. Meditation may be as helpful as medication for some when it comes to depression. While it may not completely cure depression, it can greatly reduce and ease the anxiety and pain associated with it. As many people prefer to avoid taking prescription medication unless absolutely necessary, this is huge. It shows how powerful the mind can truly be when focused.

Improve memory. Meditation is all about deep, clarifying focus, meaning it works to improve our memories as well. Meditation, in practice, helps us to become more aware of the world around us. According to research, this improves our memories and our abilities to not get distracted easily. It can’t be understated how important these skills are, as our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter with each day. Heck, by now,†they may actually be shorter than a goldfish’s.

Squash stress. It is too true. Studies have consistently shown that practiced meditation lowers stress hormones in the body. This is huge, as we seem to be more stressed that ever with our busy, multitasking, technology-infused lives. Anything to reduce the load is a positive thing.

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Become more creative. Getting out of your own head is the first step to creativity. If you are always stressing or buzzing about something, it doesn’t give your mind the time and space it needs to encourage creativity. Mediating allows you to clear out extraneous thoughts so that the truly good ones can shine through.

Sleep better. If you are less stressed, less worried, less in your head, it’s natural that you’re going to sleep better. Lowering cortisol levels and reducing overactivity of your mind is important if you tend to have issues falling asleep. The deeper sense of relaxation you can achieve through meditation may also help you to sleep deeper. Sleep is healing, so any steps you can take to improve it are beneficial.

Improve immunity. When you are stressed, your immune system is weakened. Meditating daily may actually be able to reduce the incidence of colds and infections simply by reducing the amount of stress and inflammation present in your body.

Lose weight.†It is well documented that excess levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, in the body can lead to unwanted weight gain. Since meditation reduces stress, it naturally sheds any stress-induced weight gain.†ThinkstockPhotos-486074396

Improve pain tolerance. It has actually been shown that meditation can improve both physical and emotional pain tolerance. It appears that meditation has the potential to alter†the brain’s mechanisms for dealing with physical pain. Certain research has also gone on to show that mediation can help patients heal from emotional trauma, like post-traumatic stress disorder.

If youíre looking for a good way to get started, try these tips. And remember: donít get frustrated if you arenít great at first. Like everything else, clearing your mind takes patience and practice. Keep going, keep living in the moment, and the benefits will be huge!

 

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