Growing number of people are adopting the habit of meditating on a regular basis in hope to rewire their brain and thought-process in pursuit of mental well-being. Living in 21st century, the growing distractions, online and offline, all around are a major mental health hazard. Billions of dollars worth of marketing industry pay a lot for the most valuable currency of today, the attention. Meditation brings the wisdom of thousands of years of mindfulness, and neurology approves of the multiple benefits for people living the stressful urban life of this age.
Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons many people living busy lives try meditation. Physical and mental stress releases a high level of stress hormone cortisol, which leads to several other effects of hormonal imbalance in human brain such as depression, anxiety, disruptive sleep and fatigue. With the help of mindfulness meditation, the release of harmful hormones can be reduced, leading to a more rational response to situations, and effective stress management. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.
Less stress means less anxiety, which further leads to lesser symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and panic attacks. Meditation also helps in managing stress in high-pressure work environment, and helps in staying calm and focused.
Good Emotional Health
Meditation helps having a better self-image and establishing a better outlook on life. Having emotional stability helps drastically in stress management. Sustaining a stable emotional health helps to stay consistent and focused towards your goals in life. Meditation helps in reducing the feeling of loneliness, and promotes the sense of completeness.
Nearly half the population of the world will suffer from insomnia at some point of their lives. The irregular sleep patterns can have a negative effect on the following day, and often leads to lethargy, mood swings or a blurry thought process. People who regularly meditate find it easier to sleep and stayed deep asleep for longer. Meditation helps clear the mind, which sometimes runs off into completely random chain of thoughts. Additionally, it can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep.
Meditation helps you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, with a regular unbiased approach to self-analysis, which helps you grow to be the best version of yourself. Self-inquiry helps us pop our bubble of self-righteousness or self-loathing, which often leads to stress and depression, and effects those around us. Meditation also helps you to recognise the emotions and thoughts that are harmful for mental health. Once the brain is aware of the problematic chain of thoughts, it begins an automated self-cleansing mechanism that leads to a clearer flow of thoughts. Self-defeating thoughts contribute significantly to a bad mental health, and meditation helps counter it, and steer the thought process towards a constructive patterns. Meditation helps you to “know yourself”, which lead to actions that leads to self-improvement.
Increased Attention Span
Meditation works like weight lifting for a stronger attention span. With a gazillion distractions from sources all around on billboards, laptop, and phone screens, meditation helps center the attention back to the person and gives control of the thought process to re-orient and maintain the attention. People who practice meditation consistently stay focused for longer, even if it’s for a short period of time.
Reduces Age-Related Memory Loss
Like body ages with time, so does the mind. Having a good attention and clarity results in the slow ageing of the brain, which helps in memory retention and stress management. A certain type of meditation has had proven benefits in-terms of mental quickness, increased memory and focus retention. It can also help control stress and improve coping in the people with symptoms of dementia.
Kindness is the cornerstone for all meditation practices, for yourself and the people around you. Without the sense of kindness and calm, there is no right way of meditating. Metta, a type of meditation which is also known as the loving-kindness meditation starts from spreading the kindness towards yourself, then to your friends and family, and ultimately towards your enemies in a forgiving manner, to free yourself from any binding force of hatred or negativity. It increases the ability to be more compassionate and empatheti. Metta meditation helps to reduce social anxiety, reduce marriage conflict and helps in anger management.
Helps Fight Addiction
The mental discipline that one makes after developing the habit of meditation may help you break dependencies on unwanted impulses which are part of the everyday lifestyle. This is done by increasing the self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive