Meditation has been shown in numerous psychological studies to be able to physically change the brain causing effects such as increased grey matter and increased connections between different brain regions.
Here are 5 benefits that regular meditation practice can bring you
1. Reduce stress
One of the main reasons people meditate is to reduce stress. In a study of 3,500 adults, it was found that stress can actually be reduced in people who meditate regularly.
Normally, mental and physical stress causes an increase in the hormone cortisol. And this is what makes stress have as many negative effects on your health as lack of sleep, increased blood pressure, or feeling so tired that you are more prone to depression and anxiety.
2. Helps fight depression and reduce anxiety
Meditation helps you manage stress and thereby reduces anxiety. An 8-week study was carried out where it was shown to help reduce anxiety and some other symptoms such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, and panic attacks.
3. It improves concentration and attention
If you start meditation in a very few days, you will notice the difference in the ability to focus and stay focused on a task, and it has been seen that people who meditate their mind tend to be less distracted, and in case they are distracted it is much easier for someone with a frequent meditation practice who can realize and stay in the present again.
4. Help children in schools
For developing minds, meditation can be of great help and even more than in adults. Lately, there has been a great interest on the part of educators and researchers in bringing meditation and yoga to schools.
Meditation can reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to being easily distracted, worried, or lacking in attention, so it is highly effective on children.
5. Helps preserve the brain against old age
According to a UCLA study, it was found that people who meditated for about 20 years had more grey matter volume throughout the brain and the loss of volume in older people was much less than people who did not practice the meditation.
Also, the fact that meditation helps you improve your attention and maintain clarity is synonymous with keeping your mind young.
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