Meditation seems to be all the rage in recent years. With the various lockdowns 🔒 inspiring some of us to add a bit of mindfulness here and there into our daily routines, it’s gotten pretty popular. Meditation isn’t exclusive to full-time yogis, just about anyone can do it and it doesn’t have to take hours. Meditation can be done nearly anywhere, from having a quiet moment with your morning coffee ☕️ to a guided meditation to puts you to sleep 💤, as long as you aren’t in a situation that requires concentration such as driving or working. 🙅
Whilst meditation can be seen as a bit of a trend, it’s actually been around for thousands of years. So, whether it’s trendy or not, there are many benefits and reasons you can meditate.
Let’s get into some reasons how it could help you. Ommm 🧘
Live life less stressed
The act of meditation allows you to override a part of your brain that releases cortisol, 🧠 a damaging stress hormone that can result in many health issues. We’ve found a study that suggests meditation can cut down your anxiety levels by 40 percent. By just adding three 25 minute meditation sessions to your week means you can reap these stress-reducing benefits.
Be more kind
Not only can meditation make you a better friend to yourself, sitting quietly with yourself allows you to discover a new level of self-acknowledgement. When we are more kind to ourselves and more accepting of who we are, we are less likely to judge others but instead, act more kind. Lower levels of stress combined with the other various benefits of meditation mean you are less likely to snap at the ones closest to you and can make you a more understanding individual. 👬
Get more out of your workouts
Meditation means your mind and body can completely relax and get the rest it needs. After hard-hitting workouts, your muscles, as well as your central nervous system, can take a hit. By meditating in between sweat sessions, meditation could help you recover from muscle soreness and even improve your mindset when it comes to working out. 💪 Meaning you could have higher levels of motivation and prioritise activities that are known for reducing your stress levels.
Have better quality sleep
With Netflix and social media aiming to keep us up at late as possible, you might be looking for an alternative form of relaxation that will actually aid your sleeping habits. 😴 Sleep is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle and with the stress-reducing effects of meditation, your mind is less likely to be racing when your head hits the pillow. Meaning you can get your perfect eight hours so you’re ready to take on the next day ahead. 🤸
Be at less risk of burnout
If you’re busy with work, family and various life admin, it can be all too easy to put yourself at risk of burning out. 🔥 A study has proven that taking some quiet time to let your mind rest and recoup from the stresses of a busy everyday life can lead to fewer feelings of exhaustion.
Makes room for more creativity
Do you ever notice that taking a break when you’re in a rut can lead to new ideas and breakthroughs? A study proved that individuals who participated in a certain kind of meditation were more likely to come up with many more and better solutions for a problem than those who didn’t meditate. By sitting with your thoughts and keeping your mind open to allow new creative ideas to flow in, you can experience a real creative boost and get yourself out of a creative rut. 🎨
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