You have probably heard that mediation is a great habit to have. Maybe you even know that it is a common habit among very successful people. But did you ever think what kind of benefits meditation can give you? There is a good reason mediation is such a praised habit – it can help you elevate your life in so many ways by solving all kinds of everyday problems.
One of the most obvious problems that meditation helps fight is stress. By spending at least 5 minutes every day in peaceful meditation, you can significantly lower your anxiety and stress levels and keep stress triggers at bay longer. When you are in a stressful situation, you have more chances of calming yourself down and not losing control if you practice meditation regularly.
If you have problems focusing, meditation might be the perfect solution for you. Mediation essentially is a quiet period of time in which you focus on your breathing. Even when your thoughts rush onto the surface and try to disturb you, you practice pushing them to the side and returning to your breath. This can help you focus on other things in your everyday life as well.
Just like with stress reduction, meditation helps you resolve conflicts better and faster. We all know how heated minor conflicts can get just because the parties lose their temper. Meditation makes you calmer and more reasonable in situations of great stress so that you don’t let the situation control you. Instead, you react peacefully and resolve the conflict much more easily than you would otherwise.
There are a few studies that prove that meditation helps your thinking so much that it allows you to solve problems faster and with less effort. You need to devote a bit more time to your daily meditations – about 20 minutes each day, but the payout is truly incredible. Next time you have a math quiz or a tricky problem at work, you will be glad you spent so much time meditating. Moreover, when we are facing many different problems, it is sometimes difficult to determine what is a common underlying issue behind all of those problems. Thanks to meditation, you can more easily pinpoint the overarching issue, and tackle it immediately.
One study shows that meditating for about 30 minutes every day for a longer period of time (at least 8 weeks) results in an increase in the grey matter in the brain. This means that meditation literally changes your physiology and you are not even moving!
Grey matter, also known as the hippocampus, is used for learning and memory.
Meditation improves your mood and creativity and it can help you get out of a mental rut. We have all been in one of them at one point in our lives, and they are never a fun place to be at. What’s more, it is difficult to get out of a rut quickly and be a productive and creative person again. Instead of waiting for an unexpected rush of motivation, try meditating next time you are in a rut.