Meditation and why it matters

Life in the 21st century is fast. We communicate through a screen, work ourselves hard at work and home, so it’s important now more than ever to give yourself some time to pause, unwind and reflect.

Meditation is a great way to take a complete break from life and momentarily escape your daily stresses – plus it provides a range of health benefits.

Reduces stress

Meditation is known to have a positive effect on stress levels because it requires concentration and focus. By mastering these skills, we can master our emotions and nervous system so that when we are faced with a stressful situation, we can deal with it then move on. According to Daily Mail, just 10 minutes of mediation can have a profound effect on your stress and anxiety levels. What’s more, this method provides a healthier alternative to medicinal solutions such as prescription drugs so in the long term is more beneficial and safer.

Improve sleep patterns

If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, meditation can help overcome these problems due to the effect it has on the nervous system. Insomnia is triggered by a number of things including stress, anxiety, tension and overindulging in stimulants; all of which can all be regulated by meditation. According to Deepak Chopra, meditating during the day helps alleviate stresses, thereby putting you in a calmer frame of mind by bedtime because ‘the quality of the day reflects what’s happening at night’. By lowering stress and tension with meditation, and refraining from drinking stimulants such as tea and coffee before you sleep, you’re more likely to fall asleep easily and get the recommended seven to eight hours a night, to set yourself up for the next day.

Overcome addiction

Meditation has also been known to help people overcome addiction. Achieving a state of mindfulness helps to disassociate the state of craving from the addiction, according to a study published in PubMed. In the study, nicotine-dependant adults were assigned to receive either meditation or the American Lung Association’s freedom from smoking (FFS) treatment, and ‘individuals who received MT showed a greater rate of reduction in cigarette use during treatment and maintained these gains during follow-up’.

If you’d like to use meditation to overcome addiction, consider visiting a treatment centre like Ana treatment centres where the full treatment package covers one-to-one support, guided relaxation, group therapy, skills classes and relapse prevention.

Improves brain functions and concentration

Meditation requires patience and focus, and while you’re working to achieve that state of calm, you’re also training your mind to concentrate. With any human behavior, repetition leads to routine meaning that with weeks of practice, meditation will become as natural as taking a shower or brushing your teeth. You’re creating a new pathway in your brain and nervous system, and then strengthening