5 Science-Backed Reasons to Try Meditation
The physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of meditation have been well documented for over 3,000 years. Meditation in its simplest form is the habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts. The goal is to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Practicing meditation can help you develop a positive outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, and increased pain tolerance. The benefits of meditation are numerous and include: 1. Decreases Depression According to research, 30 minutes of meditation can improve depression, anxiety, and pain symptoms. In fact, scientists discovered that people who meditate may have more control over how their brains process negative sensations (pain) and negative thoughts (depression triggers)1. 2. Lowers Stress Meditation can help you override a part of the brain responsible for the fear mechanism (which releases cortisol). A study suggests that meditation can help reduce anxiety by almost 40 percent2. Just practicing 25 minutes of meditation three times a week can have a huge impact on stress levels, according to recent research. 3. Keeps Colds Away Research has linked meditation to having fewer respiratory illnesses and quicker recovery times3. This means less time spent away from the things that matter in life! 4. Improves Job Performance Meditation is being widely adopted by businesses and for good reason. In one study, workers who meditated improved their performance and memory of the tasks they’d worked4. They also saw advancements in their emotional state and awareness while on the job. 5. Boosts Memory Are you the type of person who has sticky notes all over your desk? Then you may want to give meditation a try! Studies have shown that meditation not only improves memory but it can help you cut back on distracting thoughts5. In addition to meditating, we recommend taking NATURELO's cold pressed hemp oil supplement. Hemp oil has been proven to relieve pain, tame anxiety, promote sleep, and reduce oxidative stress.
References: 1. Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis, 2014 Mar;174(3):357-68. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13018 2. Neural correlates of mindfulness meditation-related anxiety relief, 2014 Jun;9(6):751-9. doi: 10.1093/scan/nst041. Epub 2013 Apr 24 3. Meditation or exercise for preventing acute respiratory infection: a randomized controlled trial, 2012 Jul-Aug;10(4):337-46. doi: 10.1370/afm.1376 4. Mindfulness Meditation for Multitaskers 5. Mindfulness training improves working memory capacity and GRE performance while reducing mind wandering, 2013 May;24(5):776-81. doi: 10.1177/0956797612459659. Epub 2013 Mar 28