There’s no point in doing something if it doesn’t benefit you, right? This is something many people consider when they contemplate starting up meditation. They consider it to just be sitting down and being quiet…not much else is involved with meditation, right?
Wrong. Meditation has never been a holistic hoax, and that still stands. While some things benefits of meditation are very superficial, there are actually a variety of important mental and physical benefits that practitioners of yoga experience when they meditate.
What are those benefits? There are honestly too many to mention in just one blog post. However, there are three big benefits that any meditation skeptic should know about.
- Meditation is great for anxiety and soothing the physical soul.
Your nervous system is the gateway to all of your bodily functions. From how you think to how you move, your nervous system is an amazing thing…and meditation can greatly affect how it functions.
Being specific, meditation activates your parasympathetic nervous system. This directly relates to your rest response — or how calm and relaxed you are physically and mentally. While many people associate rest with a mental state, it can also affect how your body functions overall. This relates to your heart rate, blood pressure, immunity, digestion and blood pressure. Meditation also helps to lower your stress hormones through this system as well.
Similarly, meditation can also help you sleep at night. While it obviously relates to your body physically shutting down, meditation also calms your racing mind, making it easier to turn in at the end of the night.
- Meditation improves your creativity and productivity.
A clear mind is a mind that comes up with great ideas. When you have a bunch of thoughts racing around your brain, it can be hard to settle on one idea and fully realize it. Meditation helps to clear away these thoughts, making room for your creativity to shine through.
Think about your mind like a cluttered desk. What can you do with a cluttered desk other than clean it or walk away? Meditation is the process of cleaning it, allowing work to actually be done at the desk. This is the perfect illustration for how meditation makes a person more productive. A clear mind is a mind that gets things done.
- Meditation makes people happier.
Meditation on principle is something that is calming, and being calm leads to being happier. When someone meditates, they let the weight of the world fall away from them and they experience a small taste of enlightenment. Meditation helps a person to process thoughts, get rid of negativity and clears their mind.
The fact that meditation relieves stress is one of the biggest benefits of meditation, but not just because of this obvious relaxation benefit. A relaxed person with little stress in their life will obviously be happier than someone who has a life filled with stress and little relaxation.
One final benefit of meditation — it’s a great way to take some time out to focus on yourself, no the clutter of everyday stressors and irritants. Take some time out of your day to meditate. You’ll be glad you did.