Why should you meditate? Meditation has many benefits beyond just making you feel great such as increasing focus and concentration and helping you sleep better at night, read on for the full list of meditation benefits.
Below I have listed all of the benefits that meditation can bring to your life. How would you feel if you could achieve just a few of these benefits in your life right now?
Isn’t it worth your time to learn how to increase your overall health and well-being? This is not to say that meditation guarantees you good health for life. However, there is a growing awareness of the strong link between our state of mind and physical health.
Physical ailments are often symptoms of inner turmoil. Meditation can give us peace which is a helpful step in avoiding many stress related illnesses common in modern society.
- Lowers oxygen consumption
- Blood flow is increased while slowing the heart rate. This healthier flow of oxygen to the brain assists with clearer thinking and better reasoning skills. It also assists the blood flow to the muscles which assists physical stamina.
- Respiratory rate is decreased
- Serotonin production is increased. Serotonin influences mood and behavior and low levels of serotonin are associated with depression, obesity, insomnia and headaches.
- Decreases stress levels
- Lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Prevents, slows or controls pain associated with chronic diseases
- Decreases muscle tension and any pain associated with this tension
- Keeps mental faculties sharp and slows down the effects of aging on the brain and body
- Assists in post-operative healing
- Enhances the immune system by increasing the activity of your body’s natural immunity cells which destroy bacteria and possibly cancer cells
- Reduces pre-menstrual syndrome symptoms
- An improvement in posture from breathing correctly and an increase in self-confidence
- Helps with weight loss as meditation lowers the cortisol levels and also assists with your emotional wellbeing which can often affect the success of a weight loss program.
- Enhances energy, strength and vigour
- Improves flow of air to the lungs which is especially beneficial for people suffering from asthma
- Relaxes our nervous system which reduces aggressive behavior by restoring the body to a calm state once the flight or fight reflex has been triggered by a stressor.
- Strengthens the digestive system for improved overall health and wellness in the body
- Helps increase focus and concentration
- Decreased irritability and moodiness
- Builds self-confidence
- Helps resolve phobias and fears
- Ability to release negative emotions rather than allowing them to become your focus
- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills and pharmaceuticals. This must be undertaken under the advice of your Doctor
- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation
- Increased ability to solve problems, learn new things and improved memory
- Reduces road rage and assists with composure to act appropriately and constructively
- Decreased tendency to worry unnecessarily
- Improved relationships, intimately, socially and business associates
- Improves the communication between the two brain hemispheres
- Increased creativity and productivity
- Recovery from sleep deprivation is faster
- Helps keep things in perspective. Gives an opportunity to simplify your life by quieting inner turmoil
- Provides peace of mind and happiness
- Increases patience as you become less agitated and can use times (like waiting for a bus) to meditate when others may become annoyed
- Helps with the process needed to change your habits and addictions such as smoking and drinking
- Provides a deeper understanding of yourself and others