Even if you’ve never done it, you probably know that meditation is good for you and can help with relaxation and stress relief. But you may be surprised to learn just how many other benefits come with meditating, a technique that has been widely practiced for thousands of years.
Because meditating helps to maintain the balance in our nervous system, it is effective in lowering stress levels, reducing anxiety and fighting off depression. Many people who meditate regularly report that they have a calmer and more peaceful life, and don’t get ‘burnt out’ as quickly as others, especially in more stressful jobs or situations. The calming effects of meditation also help to reduce blood pressure levels; that, in turn, can decrease the chances of having a heart attack, suffering an aneurysm or developing kidney failure.
Meditation has also been shown to improve cognitive and intellectual ability; in other words, you really can become smarter. Although anyone can benefit from this, it’s especially useful to students and repeated studies have indicated that students who meditate perform better and are absent less often. If you work, better efficiency and more productivity in the workplace have also been proven as positive side effects of meditation. Better problem solving and a higher level of mental alertness can also be expected if you meditate regularly.
Of course, if you are generally more relaxed and less stressed and preoccupied, you tend to sleep better – another big plus for anyone who practices meditation. Meditating regularly can help to strengthen the body’s immune system and can even help to slow down the aging process by boosting the chromosomes responsible for keeping the body’s cells healthy. Because binge eating is largely caused by stress, meditation, and lower stress levels can help those with an eating disorder and allow faster recovery from food addiction. And the calmer frame of mind that results from meditating can be a big help to anyone who is on the autism spectrum, helping them to remain calm and minimize the chances of anger or frustration.
Meditation is beneficial when it comes to treating or preventing a diverse list of other conditions and problems. If you want to quit smoking, meditation may be a somewhat unlikely but effective solution; studies suggest that it can be several times more effective than various therapy treatments. Meditation can also significantly lower the level of addiction to drugs or alcohol and the urge to partake again can be diminished with regular meditating. Along with yoga, meditation is considered one of the most effective non-evasive cancer therapies, and it can also be an effective tool when it comes to boosting the body’s immune system. Healthier and better-looking skin has also been linked to regular meditation, and the symptoms of multiple sclerosis can also be alleviated with meditating.
There’s no doubt that meditation is great for relieving anxiety and stress and increasing relaxation. But it’s also a simple and highly effective way to help with many other conditions and ailments.