The Health Benefits of Meditation

It is so easy to get caught up in the fast-paced world we live in. Eventually you start going through the motions without taking a moment to breathe. Meditation can be your personal daily sanctuary where you can get away from the day’s stresses (children, work, husband, financial woes) and become one with yourself.

Meditation has been a practice among many for thousands of years. Today it is used to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Once you’re able to clear your head of the random stream of thoughts that fill it, you can reach a state of deep relaxation and tranquility. Some believe it gives you a greater sense of awareness.

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation’s mind-body connection also has many health benefits, both mental and physical.

When you meditate, you clear the information that overwhelms your mind and creates stress, which is good for your emotional well-being. It can also help you gain a new perspective on stressful situations, build skills to manage your stress, increase self-awareness, focus on the present and reduce negative emotions.

Meditation has also been shown to help alleviate physical ailments. It’s especially helpful if you have a medical condition that is worsened by stress. Some research shows that it can benefit you if you have:

- Allergies
- Anxiety disorders
- Asthma
- Binge eating
- Cancer
- Depression
- Fatigue
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Pain
- Sleep problems
- Substance abuse

Meditation isn’t a replacement for medical treatment, but in many cases can be used in addition to it. You should certainly speak to a doctor if you’re considering starting meditation and have a medical condition.

There are many different types of meditation as well as guides on how to start. Luckily, you don’t need anything to meditate; just a quiet space and yourself.

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Liz Hayes
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