- 11 March 2013 11 March 2013
In a world of daily stress, anxieties and expectation, the human mind can often come under a lot of pressure which directly affects our mood, making us less positive and self assured. Meditation has a profound, rich and calming effect on the human body and is said to clear our minds and advocate feelings of peace and a sense of awareness. It is a chance to tap into an abundance of creative energy that is said to give a more meaningful experience of life that will enrich us permanently.
Meditation can be enjoyed by anyone and guarantees that you will feel healthier in everyday life. Here are 8 simple reasons why meditation is good for your health:
8 Reasons why you should meditate:
Makes you happierMeditation causes the pituitary gland in our brain to secrete endorphins that help elevate mood and have a positive effect on the whole body. It also alters brain activity to enhance the area associated with positive emotional experiences.
Reduces stressEndorphins also act as a means of reducing stress levels in the brain; so by meditating you can stop worrying about the little things in life and concentrate on the exploration of yourself and the promotion of positive feelings.
Helps you focusMeditating allows you to learn how to discipline yourself and this will reflect in your everyday lifestyle. When you address tasks, your mind will focus more naturally and you will experience an increased efficiency.
Improves sleepScientific studies have shown that those who meditate enhance their slow wave sleep pattern, which can help fight insomnia. Furthermore, focussing the mind on mental and physical processes will aid relaxation and consequently, sleep.
Lowers blood pressureResearch has also shown that meditation can reduce blood pressure, both in the short term and later in life. By decreasing psychological stress and increasing coping ability, blood pressure decreases, helping you pursue a healthier life.
Relieves PainLong term practise of meditation can lead to physical changes in the brain that help alter the perception of pain. Those who meditate will experience lower pain sensitivity. Mindfulness, a result of meditation, can also help those who suffer chronic pain come to terms.
Connects you with othersWhilst it is true that meditation is mostly concentrated on self-growth, it also improves our social interaction. The mind becomes more sharply focussed on compassionate feelings that are directed towards others. As little as a few minutes of meditation practise can increase positive feelings towards strangers.
Strengthens your auraPractising meditation increases your positive energy, which effectively makes you more pleasant to be around. People naturally gravitate towards positivity so your strengthened aura will help you enjoy others' company whilst they make the most of yours.
All of the benefits of meditation listed combine to help you become a healthier person. Reducing blood pressure, anxiety and depression helps you to handle pain and illness better and as an individual you can expect to become calmer and more centred, which will help you process decisions that lead to a healthy, long and fulfilled life.
Meditation is often overlooked as a genuine way to improve the quality of life but the reasons listed demonstrate that it should be experimented with and embraced. Our healthy holidays provide you with the opportunity to do just that. You can discover the power of meditation through many of our de-stress holidays, aimed at recharging and restoring your body by combining meditation with other holistic activities, spa treatments and health consultations. Here are our top 5…