There are many different types of meditation, but most of these benefits can be seen throughout different types of meditation. Meditation can be done anywhere, and any time and the benefits of it can be extremely useful for your life.
Studies have shown that meditating can help reduce stress. A lot of people actually take up mediation for this reason. Stress can release inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines, which can be extremely harmful to your body and mind.
Meditation can help reduce phobias, social anxiety, paranoia, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and panic attacks, as well as other anxiety disorders. A study has shown that the effects of meditation reducing anxiety can happen very quickly, with regular practice of it can help reduce anxiety long-term.
Promotes Emotional Health
Meditating is a good all-rounder when it comes to the mind. Not only can it reduce stress and anxiety, it can help combat depression, improve your self-image, and create a more positive outlook on life.
Lengthens Attention Span
If you try your hand at focused-attention meditation, then you may be able to lengthen your attention span. Think of it as weight training for your brain that can help increase strength and endurance of your attention. Studies have not only proved this but workers who underwent the study also stated that they could remember details of their tasks better than their peers who did not practice meditation. Meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to poor attention span.
May Reduce Age-Related Memory Loss
A combination of mantra/chant meditation and repetitive motion of the fingers (Kirtan Kriya) can improve participants’ ability to memorise things in multiple studies of age-related memory loss.
It can also partially improve memory in dementia patients.
May Help Fight Addiction
Meditation can help improve and develop mental discipline, which may have a key part to play in conquering addiction. It may help people break down their dependencies by decreasing self-control and awareness of triggers.
Meditation may also help reduce food cravings which could make you more controlled when it comes to making decisions about food.
A study has shown that people who meditate fall asleep faster than those who don’t, and meditation could actually be beneficial for people who suffer from insomnia. Meditation helps you relax which in turn can aid sleep time and quality.
Helps Control Pain
A persons’ perception of pain is related to the state of mind that they are in, and pain can even be elevated during stressful situations. One study used an MRI scan to observe brain activity whilst they endured some level of pain. Participants who had meditated for the four days leading up to the test endured less pain than the ones that didn’t. This could be extremely beneficial for people who suffer from chronic pain.
Can Lower Blood Pressure
A study has shown that several types of meditation can help lower blood pressure and even reduce strain on the heart. It does this by relaxing the nerve signals that coordinate heart function, tension in blood vessels and out fight-or-flight response.