If you are living a fast paced modern lifestyle you probably already feel like you don’t have a second of time to spare. The idea of meditating probably isn’t on today’s to do list, but what if mindful meditation was a positive impact for your mental and physical health? There have been thousands of studies that prove meditation can help to reduce stress, improve sleep, increase focus, help relationships.
Mood and Stress
Practicing mindfulness meditation has been proven to dramatically improve people’s general mood and stress levels. Putting aside time every day to meditate, relaxes the mind and body for every day stresses.
Learning and Memory
Results from a Harvard study, involving 16 people in an eight week mindfulness course run by a group of neuroscientists, found that at the end of the course, MRI scans illustrated that the places in the brain involved in learning and memory, emotional consistency, perspective and self awareness got higher areas of concentration grey matter. Other studies have found that there are larger volumes of grey matter for people who have been meditating for long term.
A study conducted from the University of Montreal found that while measuring brain activity (gMRI scanner) when administered equal levels of heat, people who meditated reported less pain compared to people who did not meditate.
Practicing mindfulness meditation has been proven to improve weight loss and help with healthy eating behavior in individuals that emotionally eat.
Ways To Practice Mindfulness Meditation
You don’t have to listen to dolphins splashing in the water for hours to meditate effectively. There are many fun and simple ways to meditate in your own way. Here is a list of ways you can incorporate meditation today:
- Listen to calming feel good music
- Drink tea or a hot beverage while thinking deeply in the morning or evening
- Breathe deeply and consciously
- Do calming exercises like Yoga or Pilates
- Read a mindfulness book
- Journal every day
- Listen to a mindfulness podcast that talks about topics you’re interested in
- Create something, like an art piece
- Cook a healthy meal
- Get a relaxing massage