07 Dec 3 Reasons to Partake in Meditation
Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its benefits.
You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration. People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.
The best 3 reasons why meditation should be a lifestyle routine are as follows:
- It Reduces Stress – Stress reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines. These effects can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking. During a study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the inflammation response caused by stress. It has been shown that it may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia.
- It Controls Anxiety – Less stress translates to less anxiety. As mentioned mindfulness meditation helps participants reduce their anxiety and symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and panic attacks. With a continued daily practice regular meditation, exercise and a plant-based diet statistics have been shown that an overall lowering of anxiety levels in the long term. There are many forms, for example, yoga, bushwalking, swimming, journaling, breathing, just to name a few. It helps to control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments. It can lead to a more positive outlook on life.
- Enhances Self-Awareness. A study of women fighting breast cancer found that when they took part in a tai chi program, their self-esteem improved more than it did than in those who received social support sessions. Meditation explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you. It teaches you to recognize thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. The idea is that as you gain greater awareness of your thought habits, you can steer them toward more constructive patterns.
Meditation has huge benefits when done properly. The Chief Life experts use meditation as one of our foundational pillars in reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing! Attached below is a 5-minute breathing protocol video from out TCL experts to help you focus for your day ahead. The breath is a powerful tool. Sit down or lay back and witness it for yourself. Watch this video to learn more and kick start your day feeling energetic. Let us help you become more grounded and centred today.