What is so great about Meditation?
I absolutely LOVE meditation. It is the one thing that I ‘prescribe’ to every one of my clients, and if you asked me ‘Tracey-Anne what’s the one thing I could do that would make me feel better, keep me calm and balance me every day?’ I would say Meditation. In fact some Doctors are now ‘prescribing’ meditation when patients come to them with stress and anxiety, and that’s because they understand the proven benefits. So what can meditation help with?
Meditation has the following benefits:
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Decreases blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- More efficient oxygen use in the brain
- More restful sleep
- Slows down cognitive thinking, meaning that you are calmer and react less impulsively
- Improves concentration
- Concentrate on one task at a time and complete it
- Growth in parts of the brain associated with memory, empathy, sense of self and stress regulation
- Greater self awareness
Meditation is often more affective that some drugs and in my case has cured me from depression. I am much more in control of how I feel and I have been able to undo past hurts and think in a much more positive way. Thinking positively isn’t all it takes though. To feel the benefits you can’t be lazy, you actually have to be disciplined. To make this a daily habit you have to understand that the benefits far out way your current feeling.
Meditation first thing in the morning is great because it sets you up for the day and means that you are more likely to make good conscious choices throughout the day. Like eating better food and thinking happier thoughts and being able to react more calmly to stress.
Meditation actually changes your brain and builds up more grey matter. They more grey matter the better your memory, the more in control of emotions and better able to deal with pain.
So why don’t you take the challenge; 10 minutes of meditation in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening every day for 7 days, and see what positive differences you notice. You can find many meditations on YouTube so just type in 10 minute guided meditation and see how you get on. Over time you can up the length and even do it without music.
Let me know how you get on!