Doctors have found a direct connection with stress and how it impacts overall health, which means that reducing stress might be one of the most effective ways to improve your health and wellness. Meditation is an effective way to bring calmness and stillness into your life, and at the same time reduce the stress that may be impacting your health.
The reason stress can impact your health is because of the “fight or flight” mode. When a stressful situation presents itself, the body responds in a physical way to react to the stress. Many people experience stress every day of their life, which means that the body is constantly in “fight or flight” mode. The constant stress can have a negative impact on long-term health, but meditation can be used to reduce stress and reverse the health effects of stress.
Meditation can counteract the negative effects of stress in many ways, including:
Meditation Strengthens your Immune System
At Harvard Medical School, researchers found that relaxation methods, such as meditation and yoga, have a direct impact on “disease-fighting genes.” When you practice relaxation through meditation, it might help to boost your immune system by changing your body on a genetic level.
Meditation Heals your Heart
Reducing stress has a direct impact on your heart health and circulation. When you are feeling higher levels of stress, the “fight or flight” mode kicks in, which increases heart rate and raises blood pressure. Meditating to reduce stress may help to improve the health of your heart and improve circulation at the same time.
Meditation Can Improve your Digestion
An upset stomach may be directly impacted by the stress levels that are experienced in your life. Doctors have found a link with high stress and certain digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome and stomach ulcers. Using meditation twice a day has been found to decrease stress levels, and in turn improve digestive functioning.
Meditation Improves your Mental Health
Practicing meditation can help to improve mental health, including reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. The relaxed breathing and focused attention in meditation can help to clear the mind and balance emotions, having a positive impact on overall mental health and wellness. Research has shown that practicing meditation can help to improve brain activity on the left side of the brain, which is associated with the portion of the brain that impacts positive emotional states.
Many people experience improved health benefits with regular practice. Meditating on a consistent basis may help to increase and improve the benefits that you are receiving, compared with limited, inconsistent practice.
Meditation increases your vitality and strengthens your intelligence; your beauty is enhanced; your mental clarity and health improve. You acquire the patience and fortitude to face any problem in life. So, meditate! Only through meditation will you find the treasure you are seeking. — Mata Amritanandamayi (“Amma”)