Meditation is Good for Your Health. Here Are 10 Reasons Why (Part 1)

10 health benefits of meditation

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Used to be that meditation was something only mysterious mystics and spiritualists in the Far East used to practice. Used to be that meditation was sort of an alien concept in the West. But that is no longer the case. Meditation is becoming more and more common practice in the West, and with good reason. There are lots of benefits to meditating regularly, including for your health. In this article, you will find out about some of the best health benefits of meditation.

Read on to learn more.


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Health benefits of meditation
Meditation has a whole host of health benefits

Meditation Health Benefit # 1 – Reduces stress

Stress is one of the biggest causes of health problems these days. Nearly all of our health problems can usually be traced back to stress and anxiety.

Guess what is one of the most effective ways of dealing with stress…

Yep, you guessed it right – meditation. Meditation helps you calm your mind and become more aware of your emotions (and mental state). This, in turn, helps you process your stress and anxiety.

The more you practice meditation, the better you will get at dealing with your anxiety. Over time this will have a big impact on your overall health and wellness.

So if dealing with stress is a regular thing for you, give meditation a go. It can change your life!

Meditation Health Benefit # 2 – Improves your memory

As research has found, meditation has a direct impact on your memory. Studies have shown that regularly practising meditation increases the brain’s cortical thickness, and also leads to increase in our grey matter. Both of those have a direct impact on our brain’s functions, and its ability to process and store information.

Meditation Health Benefit # 3 – Improves neuroplasticity

Studies have found that people who meditate regularly have higher levels of gamma wave activity in their brains, which, in turn, leads to neuroplasticity.

Neuroplasticity is our brain’s ability to change and grow, and this helps our brains to stay robust as we get older. Neuroplasticity is also what helps us learn new things. You can learn more about neuroplasticity here.

Meditation Health Benefit # 4 – Improves brain

Regular meditation helps our brains function better, and not just because of the reasons mentioned above. Meditating regularly loosens the relaxes our brain’s fight or flight response, as a Psychology Today article elaborated.

This is great – means we can get on with our lives with less stress and worry.

It is certainly good for our brain as it does not have to spend a lot of time in fear mode.

Meditation Health Benefit # 5 – Reduces blood pressure

The calming effect that meditation has on us has a direct impact on our blood pressure. The calmness signals our brains to release nitric oxide and lower blood pressure. This was demonstrated in a study at the Massachusetts General Hospital which found that 64% of the participants who meditated regularly for three months experienced so much improvement in their elevated blood pressure levels that they could decrease their medication intake!

If high blood pressure is an issue for you, you owe it to yourself to try meditation.

[Watch out for the next article, on Wednesday, for the second part where you will find out about 5 more health benefits of meditation, including the effect it has on ageing…]


Related TED Talk on meditation and its impact on our brains


It is time you start

Which one of these health benefits of meditation resonates with you the most?

Meditation is really good for you, as the health benefits of meditation mentioned above mentioned. Even just one of them is really enough reason for you to start meditating, but now you have ten.

But that’s not all though – there are a lot more benefits to meditating that just the ones listed above. One of the key effects of meditation is mindfulness. Check out this article to find out about 30 benefits of mindfulness, which also apply to meditation.

If you’re not meditating yet, don’t you think it’s time for you to at least give it a go?

For those of you who meditate (including those of you that start after reading this), share with us your thoughts, suggestions and tips in the comments section below.

Here’s to creating a habit of meditation 🙂


References

  • http://www.psyn-journal.com/article/S0925-4927%2810%2900288-X/abstract
  • https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00034/full
  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/use-your-mind-change-your-brain/201305/is-your-brain-meditation
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2011-04-demystifying-meditation-brain-imaging.html
  • http://www.verksampsykologi.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Khoury_2013_mindfulness-metaanalys.pdf

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