Imagine sitting on the beach of some tropical island without a care in the world. Just thinking about this scenario should make you feel more relaxed. Now, imagine experiencing this feeling without having to travel beyond your bedroom. It’s possible when you practice meditation. When you meditate the world around you goes away. You turn your focus away from stressful thoughts as you quiet your mind. The health benefits of daily meditation include reducing anxiety, overcoming depression and improving sleep. Understanding these benefits may inspire you to make meditation part of your daily routine.
Mindfulness versus meditation
You may have heard of mindfulness and seen it interchanged with meditation. It’s important to distinguish the difference between mindfulness and meditation to avoid confusion. “Mindfulness is being aware. It’s noticing and paying attention to thoughts, feelings, behavior, and everything else.” Mindfulness is more of a quality because you can do it throughout the day. It’s simply paying attention to what’s going on around you without judgment. It offers similar health benefits to the practice of meditation such as reducing anxiety and lowering stress. Meditation is considered a practice because you designate a place and time when you’re going to do it. The more you practice mindfulness the better you’ll be at meditating.
A more natural way to reduce anxiety
Anxiety is persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. When you become more stressed your level of anxiety goes up. Each of us experiences varying levels of anxiety throughout the day. The health benefit of practicing meditation is it helps you to disengage with negative thoughts. When your daily stresses pile up and the worry associated with them go unaddressed, that’s when anxiety can interfere with daily living.
“Meditation is considered a type of mind-body complementary medicine. Meditation can produce a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind.” Dedicating time each day to meditate will help you regain control over your mind. You’ll have a clearer perspective and improve your ability to find healthy solutions to what’s causing you stress.
Meditation can help with pain management
When you suffer from chronic pain, it becomes increasingly difficult to think of anything else. Getting rid of the pain can easily consume the majority of your focus. For most people, taking pain medication is the most common line of defense, but that’s not a long-term solution. Thankfully, meditation is being recommended by many doctors as part of a comprehensive pain management plan. Meditation isn’t considered a complete replacement of drugs used to main pain, but it does improve their ability to improve their overall health. The immediate benefit of refocusing your thoughts and being more present make meditation an exciting option for those who suffer from chronic pain.
Dedicating time each day to meditate will help you regain control over your mind.
Quiet your mind to get better sleep
How much sleep you get has a big impact on your quality of life. It’s possible to naturally improve your quality of sleep, but it requires adopting new habits. Making meditation a part of your daily routine is one option. A proven benefit of meditation is helping with insomnia. You need to help your body relax so it can easily fall asleep at night. Meditation has been proven to help with relaxation. It also helps increase the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. As you practice meditation you’ll experience an increase in sleep quality overtime.
A simple way to start meditating daily
The best way to start a new habit is to make the first step small. To help you begin your new meditation practice, here’s a few activities you can do for a few minutes every day:
- Practice breathing deeply
- Focus your attention on your body
- Repeat a mantra
- Walk and meditate
- Focus on gratitude
With consistency, you’ll experience the benefits of these activities longer and do them with more enthusiasm. Choose one of the above activities and get started today.