out…..How can something so simple be so powerful? How can closing your eyes and
refocusing not only improve your mood, but also help decrease the symptoms of
several physical diseases? There are many benefits to meditating, but we're
going to look at the top two reasons why meditation is so powerful.
#1 The major benefit of meditation: STRESS REDUCTION.
These days, who
isn't stressed out?? If someone asked me to write a list of what stresses me
out or gives me anxiety I would tell them that writing a list of things that didn't stress me out or give me anxiety would
be significantly shorter.
Before we dive into
how meditation can aid in stress and anxiety, let's first talk about what
happens when we get stressed out.
physical) stress causes the increase of a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol
is also known as our "fight-or-flight" hormone- it tells us if we're
in danger. As you can imagine, this has its pros and cons on the body. One of
the cons is that it releases inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. One thing
we should all know is that, generally, inflammation means bad news.
Daily meditation has
been shown in multiple studies
to reduce stress and anxiety by reducing that inflammation response we just
talked about. The less inflammation in our bodies, the better we feel and
#2 Not only will your mental health improve, but your
physical health will too.
As mentioned above,
there is science showing that daily meditation can decrease levels of stress,
anxiety and depression. This is great news for our mental health. But I have
even more good news: daily meditation can also help with your physical health!
Daily meditation is shown to aid in the symptoms associated with:
- Dementia and
cognitive decline with aging
- Fibromyalgia and chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Tension headaches
BONUS BENEFIT: You will gain more control over your
We are all human.
When we're happy, we radiate it. When we're angry, sad or stressed out, it's
hard to show anything other than that. You have every right to feel how you
feel, but sometimes lashing out only puts us further down on the emotion scale.
If only there was a way to help regulate how we control and express our
Oh wait! There is!
found that 13-minute daily meditation for 8 weeks helped individuals, who
beforehand had no meditation experience, control their emotions. Not only were
they able to do this, but they were also generally happier and had less
anxiety. Just think about how many situations you could improve upon with just
13 minutes of meditation a day!
Meditation is diverse.
There are so many
different types of meditation out there. You can meditate to the sound of
water, perform a guided meditation or even do meditation
with chocolate (yes, you read that right!). Meditation doesn't just provide
a variety of topics or ways to meditate, it also provides times to fit
everyone's schedule. You can meditate anywhere between 5 seconds and 5 hours or
more. The beauty of meditation is that is as diverse as we are.
Still think meditation might be too corny?
Okay, I get it. If
you've never meditated before it can totally seem like some cult of crazy
people! You don't have to do it every day for hours on end. Maybe just give it
2 minutes of your time. If that still doesn't do it, check out what Joe Rogan has to say about it.
The more we learn
about meditation, the more we realize how beneficial it is for our minds, and
our bodies. For more information, or to help figure out the best meditation
plan for you, contact Trilogy