Have you tried meditation before? After the year we've had, taking some time for yourself has never been more important, and finding a balance helps you focus your mind, body and soul.
Here are 5 science-based benefits of meditation:
Meditation reduces stress. This is one of the most common reasons people try meditation. Furthermore, research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and fibromyalgia
Meditation helps to control anxiety. Meditation may also help control job-related anxiety. One study found that employees who used a mindfulness meditation app for 8 weeks experienced improved feelings of well-being and decreased distress and job strain, compared with those in a control group
Meditation improves self-esteem and self-awareness. Mindfulness meditation encourages you to slow down, allows for deeper self-reflection, and can help you discover positive attributes about yourself.
Meditation improves focus and concentration. Mindfulness meditation helps you focus on the present, which can improve your concentration on other tasks in daily life.
Meditation can help with pain control, especially when that pain is being caused by illnesses that are triggered or worsened by stress.
What is mindfulness meditation, you might ask? This type of meditation is based on being mindful or having an increased awareness and acceptance of living in the present moment. In mindfulness meditation, you broaden your conscious awareness. You focus on what you experience during meditation, such as the flow of your breath. You can observe your thoughts and emotions, but let them pass without judgment.
Try meditation today and see how you feel. Mindful offers three free meditations for beginners here.