By now you would have heard the word meditation. It’s become a bit of a buzzword in many industries and I’m sure your eyes glaze over as much as mine used to do when somebody mentions it. But after doing some reading and research, I have come to find that there is so much science behind why meditation is so important.
As we evolve in today’s world of technology, information, and high expectations, we have so many stressors that our poor body is struggling to keep up with. This has lead us to the highest rates of depression and anxiety since the early 1900s. In short, this modern world does nothing for our mental health. However, many are now saying that meditation is the answer.
There are so many different ways you can meditate, from meditations that focus on a mantra, or on the breath, or on movement of some kind, everyone does it differently. To some it seems a little wishy-washy but science has shown that meditation can actually change the chemicals and neural pathways in the brain that usually trigger reactions such as fight or flight and also aid cognitive function as we age.
Here are a few key points on why you should be meditating:
Meditation makes you happier!
Meditation causes the pituitary gland in our brain to secrete endorphins that help elevate mood and have a positive effect on the whole body. It also alters brain activity to enhance the area associated with positive emotional experiences.
Meditation improves sleep!
Scientific studies have shown that those who meditate enhance their slow wave sleep pattern, which can help fight insomnia. Furthermore, focussing the mind on mental and physical processes will aid relaxation and consequently, sleep.
Meditation can relieve pain!
Long term practise of meditation can lead to physical changes in the brain that help alter the perception of pain. Those who meditate will experience lower pain sensitivity. Mindfulness, a result of meditation, can also help those who suffer chronic pain come to terms.
Meditation helps you focus!
Meditating allows you to learn how to discipline yourself and this will reflect in your everyday lifestyle. When you address tasks, your mind will focus more naturally and you will experience an increased efficiency.
Meditation reduces stress!
Endorphins also act as a means of reducing stress levels in the brain; so by meditating you can stop worrying about the little things in life and concentrate on the exploration of yourself and the promotion of positive feelings.
All of these benefits will not only help your brain and mental health but will also lead to a better quality of life. It’s time to break the habit. Take control of your mind.
Want to give meditation a go? We incorporate elements in most of our classes! Call or email us to find the right class and location for you. Joining the Rebalance Family means more than just a workout. We care about your wellbeing and have a supportive environment. We prioritise your wellbeing and provide a sanctuary for you to come and relax. Workout. But workout with purpose with us!
Written by Bec Hartley – Digital Marketing Assistant