Meditation is something I’ve heard a lot about, but never really thought about doing because I had no idea it had so many health benefits! Especially after researching all of the health benefits of meditation, I can’t believe that such a simple practice can help the body in so many ways. Meditation can help improve your immune system, reduce pain and even improve insomnia! Now that I not only learned the health benefits of meditation but also the research behind the benefits which prove that it really works, I’ve made meditation a priority and a part of my daily routine.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is mostly well known for helping promote relaxation and calmness, but it also does much more than that. It is described as the practice of inducing a mode of consciousness. Meditation can be viewed as concentrating on something or imagining something that creates peace for us.
There are several different types of meditation. Most involve being in a quiet spot where you’re comfortable and focus on something (your breathing, sensations/what you’re feeling, or visualizing).
For example, you may meditate by focusing on the present, being aware of where you are and what you’re feeling in the moment. Not focusing on the past or future.
10 Health Benefits Of Meditation:
1. Improves Your Immune System
Practicing meditation significantly increases your immune system. I was surprised to find out that one of the health benefits of meditation involved increasing my immune system. One study from 2013, found that participants who meditated regularly had an increase in their immune system function. This was particularly noted in patients with suppressed immune systems and those with cancer or HIV. Another study found that people who meditated had an increase in antibodies in the blood that fight viruses such as the flu and infections.
2. Reduces Stress And Cortisol
Meditation is one of the best and simplest ways to help reduce stress, lower cortisol, and promote relaxation. Studies have found that if you practice meditation for as little as 10 minutes a day, you can significantly reduce stress and decrease anxiety. One study found that people that meditated for an hour one time a week for seven weeks effectively decreased mood disturbance in both males and females of all ages.
Another study found that participating in just a 4 day meditation program resulted in a lower serum cortisol level in the blood, which signifies a decrease in stress.
Ever since I started meditating, I’ve definitely noticed that I feel more relaxed and less stressed.
3. Reduces Symptoms Of Anxiety And Depression
There’s quite a bit of research supporting the effectiveness of meditation for reducing anxiety and depression. Meditation is very relaxing and calming. It involves training your mind in a level of awareness and focusing on the present where you don’t worry about day to day things. It gives your mind a break from the worry and stress.