What Can Meditation Do For You?

As someone who deals with abnormally high amounts of anxiety, I’ve been told more than once by doctors and friends alike that I should give meditation a try. I’d always thank them for the advice, but no matter how many times I heard it, I just wasn’t interested in putting in the effort to tame my anxious and high-strung mind. Finally, after one incredibly stressful day, I tried a very simple two-minute guided mediation. I was amazed at how much calmer I felt the rest of the day, and you can bet I was laughing at myself for refusing such an easy and helpful habit for so long. As I’ve continued to integrate quick meditations into my everyday life, I’ve found that it can provide a wide wealth of benefits for my physical and mental health, in addition to calming my stress and anxiety. 

Improve Concentration and Reduce Impulsivity 

A big part of meditation serves to help you train and refocus your mind. The mind is a powerful tool, and left to its own devices, it can race around and leave you feeling tired and uncertain of yourself. As you learn to retrain your mind with quiet meditation, you’ll find yourself more likely to check in with your thoughts before you act out of impulse or raw emotion. In time, you’ll find it easier to let your mind come back to a centered and grounded place even in times of high stress or distraction.

Correct Poor Posture

Poor posture doesn’t just look bad; it hurts your body and even your mood as well. Studies have shown people who tend to slump or slouch often have lower self-esteem, and many may show signs of depression, not to mention they’re more likely to develop back and joint pain. The awareness brought about during meditation can help you see how much you may be slouching during the day, so you can start to correct your posture regularly. 

Better Sleep Quality

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, meditation may just be the thing you need. While I usually meditate during the middle of the day to keep the day from overwhelming me, many people find it helpful to do so at night right before bedtime. This is because meditation relaxes and calms the mind, which can help reduce racing thoughts which might plague you as you try to get some shut-eye. 

Solar Meditation by Mark Ittleman is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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