Meditation For Overall Well-being
Modern life throws an abundance of demands at us that leave us trying to maintain a hectic pace to handle all the roles and responsibilities we have. We end up stressed and overworked feeling there just aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done. One answer to the illness-inducing stress we suffer from is meditation.
“Meditation” covers a wide range of practices that aim to promote relaxation as a way of engendering a sense of well-being while engaged in any life activity. Meditation is meant to build up the body’s internal energy or life force, helping us to better develop feelings of love, generosity, compassion, patience and forgiveness.
Meditation And Wellness
It is a well-known fact that stress can lead to manifestation of physical medical issues and can also worsen existing health issues. One study found that persons who suffer from stress related illness make up 70% of doctors’ caseloads.
Many studies have been conducted into the effectiveness of meditation as an alternative medical treatment for stress, as opposed to prescribed or over-the-counter drugs. There is overwhelming evidence that relaxation therapies can bring about a reduction in utilization of hospital resources. Persons who benefit from relaxation therapy are often noted as making fewer hospital visits and undergoing fewer medical tests. They are also less likely to end up in emergency care.
Relaxation techniques carry the potential to improve public health since they cost little, pose almost no risk, can be used in outpatient care or can be taught to patients who can then practise the techniques at home.
What Regular Meditation Can Do For You
Although the exact mechanics behind meditation’s effectiveness at relieving stress and helping to improve general physical, mental and emotional well-being are not known, you can still make use of meditation in your wellness routine. Here are a few benefits that may be derived from regular 10 – 15 minute sessions of mediation.
Benefits of Meditation:
- increases attention span, helping you to focus on and resolve issues
- boosts immunity, lowers blood pressure and helps fight diseases
- aids weight loss by improving the body’s metabolic rate
- improves sleeping habits and pattern
- improves brain function
- slows the appearance of aging
- engenders a feeling of greater connection to family and friends, leading to a greater appreciation of life
- makes everyday tasks more manageable by seeming to “add hours to your day”
- helps to cultivate constructive thoughts
Meditation can improve your ability to tackle any situation calmly and with greater focus. There are several techniques and disciplines you can experiment with until you find one that works for you. There is no need to wait to be over-burdened by stress to begin your own meditation technique.