3 Incredible Reasons To Start Meditating

Lay down, close your eyes, make sure that the temperature is comfortable and concentrate on your breathing. Ahh meditation- if you haven’t tried it yet, you may want to because the health benefits can be really incredible. More and more people are taking part in it these days and people can really do it anywhere. If you’re embarrassed to meditate in public, look up a YouTube video and do it in the comfort of your own home. Check out these amazing benefits:

meditation1. Decrease In Pain

Scientists had healthy people undergo an MRI to see how their brain lights up when they feel pain and the ways in which meditation could change their perception of that pain. After just four days, meditation while experiencing pain was discovered to reduce people’s pain rating by 57 percent, and decrease the intensity of it by 40 percent. Awesome, right? This happened because meditation can increase activity in areas of the brain that re-frame the evaluation of sensory events.

2. Decrease In Anxiety

Meditation can help us to stress less in the moment and you just may be able to stop your worrisome thoughts later on. In a recent study, about 100 patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder underwent a type of meditation that focused on mindfulness and stress reduction. After eight weeks, participants’ stress levels and anxiety decreased. A phenomenal takeaway from meditation sessions is that if you can understand that thoughts are just thoughts and pain is just a physical sensation, it can help you to cut off anxiety, ceasing self talk that you associate with these feelings.

In addition, people in the study who had to do public speaking displayed even more confidence, doing away with self-sabotaging thoughts and using words that empowered them and helped them to feel comfortable. 

3. Increase Happiness

A professor at Johns Hopkins University analyzed 47 of the finest existing mediation research studies on more than 3,500 people. He discovered that meditation gave as much relief from depression as antidepressants. And meditation doesn’t come with unhealthy side effects like some drugs do; these side effects can range from drowsiness, nausea, insomnia, weight gain and may even have more serious side effects.

 

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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