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Mindfulness Meditation Benefits:
20 Reasons Why It's Good For Your Mental And Physical Health
The Huffington Post | By Amanda L. Chan
Oh mindfulness meditation, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.
Even though the academic research on mindfulness meditation isn't as robust as, say, nutrition or exercise, there is a reason why it's been around for literally thousands of years. And we're starting to get a better understanding of why it seems to be beneficial for so many aspects of life, from disease and pain management, to sleep, to control of emotions.
For starters, let's define what mindfulness is: A Perspectives on Psychological Science study described it as "the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment."
With that in mind, here are 20 reasons why you might want to consider incorporating mindfulness meditation into your daily life.
- It lowers stress - mindfulness is not only associated with feeling less stressed, it's also linked with decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- It lets us get to know our true selves - mindfulness can help us conquer common "blind spots," which can amplify or diminish our own flaws beyond reality.
- It can make your grades better - mindfulness is an effective and efficient technique for improving cognitive function, with wide reaching consequences.
- It could help our troops - mindfulness meditation training can improve troops' performance and ability to handle -- and recover from -- stress (research results is pending).
- It could help people with arthritis better handle stress - mindfulness training may not help to lessen pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis, it could help to lower.
- It makes you a better person – mindfulness meditation is linked with more virtuous, "do-good" behavior.
- It could make going through cancer just a little less stressful - mindfulness can successfully decrease stress symptoms among women with breast cancer. And not only that, but imaging tests show that it is actually linked with brain changes related to stress, emotions and reward.
- It could help the elderly feel less lonely - mindfulness meditation helped to decrease these feelings of loneliness among the elderly, and boost their health by reducing the expression of genes linked with inflammation.
- It could make your health care bill a little lower mindfulness meditation is linked with lower yearly doctor costs, compared with people who don't practice the meditation technique.
- It comes in handy during cold season - Aside from practicing good hygiene, mindfulness meditation and exercise could lessen the nasty effects of colds.
- It lowers depression risk among pregnant women - As many as one in five pregnant women will experience depression, but those who are at especially high risk for depression may benefit from some mindfulness yoga. Research is still pending but so far is encouraging.
- It also lowers depression risk among teens - teaching teens how to practice mindfulness through school programs could help them experience less stress, anxiety and depression.
- It supports your weight-loss goals - mindfulness training was considered an "excellent" or "good" strategy for weight loss by seven out of 10 psychologists in the survey.
- It changes the brain in a protective way - University of Oregon researchers found that integrative body-mind training -- which is a meditation technique -- can actually result in brain changes that may be protective against mental illness.
- It works as the brain's "volume knob." Ever wondered why mindfulness meditation can make you feel more focused and Zen? It's because it helps the brain to have better control over processing pain and emotions, specifically through the control of cortical alpha rhythms (which play a role in what senses our minds are attentive to), according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.
- It makes music sound better - mindfulness meditation improves our focused engagement in music, helping us to truly enjoy and experience what we're listening to.
- It helps us even when we're not actively practicing it - You don't have to actually be meditating for it to still benefit your brain's emotional processing.
- It has four elements that help us in different ways - The health benefits of mindfulness can be boiled down to four elements, body awareness, self-awareness, regulation of emotion and regulation of attention.
- It could help your doctor be better at his/her job - Research from the University of Rochester Medical Center shows that doctors who are trained in mindfulness meditation are less judgmental, more self-aware and better listeners when it comes to interacting with patients.
- It helps you sleep better - We saved the best for last! A University of Utah study found that mindfulness training can not only help us better control our emotions and moods, but it can also help us sleep better at night. “People who reported higher levels of mindfulness described better control over their emotions and behaviors during the day.