Meditation is one of the most beneficial practices one can engage in, and just about everyone knows they should make time for it. Meditation has a wonderfully calming effect on the body and mind, and encourages a less stressed, more peaceful and aware state of being.
Unfortunately though, most people get swept up in life’s frantic pace, more urgent matters come up and thoughts of meditation go out the window. But making time for meditation is a real loss for your health. If you’re one of those who can never seem to find the time, here are four simple health-boosting reasons why I urge you to get into a meditation groove without further delay – your health depends on it!
1. Meditation Chemically Boosts Happiness, Curbs Anxiety and Cuts Pain
Meditation encourages the release of mood-boosting endorphins into the bloodstream, which in turn increases feelings of well-being. Those biochemically-induced good feelings spill over into other areas of your emotional life, helping make regular meditators calmer, more empathetic, slower to anger and less likely to sweat the small stuff.
According to the Journal of Neuroscience, meditation also delivers powerful pain-relieving chemicals to the brain – making the practice something of a DIY pain-buster. For many of my patients, particularly the city-dwellers, a meditation practice can be an especially helpful way to combat stress and/or anxiety, enabling them to carve out a slice of serenity in the middle of urban chaos, or where ever they may find themselves.
2. Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure, Stroke and Heart Disease Risk
When it comes to meditation’s impact on health, the news is all good, especially when it comes to lowering blood pressure, stroke and heart disease risk. Even the ultra-conservative minds at the American Medical Association have come out in favor of meditation, having recently issued a report stating that “transcendental meditation (TM) may be considered as an alternative approach to lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.” When blood pressure is lowered, stroke and heart attack risk follows suit.