Stress is a part of our everyday life, and the source can be deep. It can be from a disease, a loss, a traumatism from childhood, or events that happen very recently such as the pandemic we all are dealing whit.
Our everyday hassle often has an impact not only on our minds but our bodies too. In some cases of extreme danger, the physical response is helpful and can save lives. However, nowadays most of the stress we face is psychological. It is coming from the demands of life, the daily challenges we must overcome, which can take a huge toll on your health and happiness.
Chronic exposure to other stress hormones can increase the weakness of the immune system and even change the structure of chromosomes.
Research has found that prolonged stress leads to increased inflammation and a much higher risk of developing many health problems and negative effect on the brain, including:
High blood pressure and heart disease
Depression and anxiety
Diabetes and Obesity
Some kinds of cancer
shrinking the volume of the brain
Changes the Brain’s Structure
“Meditation is all about connecting with your soul”. Deepak Chopra
Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention. Meditation has become one of the most popular ways to relieve stress among people from all walks of life. This age-old practice has many forms of use and benefits on psychological well-being.
Meditation Statistics for Your Well-Being in 2021
It’s estimated that 200–500 million people meditate worldwide. (The Good Body)
Over 14% of Americans have meditated at least once. (The Good Body) Meditation is the second most popular mind and body practice in the US base on research in 2017. (The good Body)
7% of children in the Us now meditate.
In 2016 Research conducted to discover the health benefits of meditation and understand the growth of the practice. Below is the list of reasons given for starting to meditate:
2 % have seen improvement in general wellness (76.2%)
60 % boosting energy level
50% Aiding memory or concentration
2% reduction of Anxiety
6% Reduction of Stress
8% Reduction of depression
In the case of all the above conditions, 60% of the people questioned in the study reported that meditation helped them significantly. (The Good Body)
Let’s look at the health benefits of meditation. Increasing healthcare costs are a major concern not only to the sufferers of lifestyle-related diseases but to employers who have to cope with absenteeism and lowered productivity because workers are stressed and unhappy.
- Hospitalization for coronary disease: 87% reduction among meditators vs non-meditators
- Hospitalization for cancer: 55% reduction among meditators vs non-meditators
- Insomnia: 75% of insomniacs who meditated daily were able to fall asleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.
- Anxiety: 60% of people with anxiety showed marked decreases in anxiety levels after 6-9 months.
The social cost of poor health is high, and many organizations now offer meditation classes and rooms, to boost employee happiness and wellbeing. Businesses have reported:
85% reduction in absenteeism among meditators vs non-meditators
70% decrease in workplace injury (resulting from greater focus)
120% increase in productivity (Project -meditation)
Benefits of meditation
1– Meditation has the opposite effect of the stress response
The body has the opposite effects when we meditate that the stress does. Meditation restores the body to a calm, restful state. Help restore itself and preventing new damage. The body benefits from many healings such us:
Decreased heart rate
Reduced production of stress hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline
More efficient oxygen use by the body
Normalization of blood pressure
2- Promote Emotional health
“I think emotional health is a big contributor to physical health”. April Rose
Emotional health allows you to work productively and cope with the stress of everyday life. It can help you realize your full potential. It helps you work with other people and contribute to society. Meditate often leads you to be more relax.
3- Improve relaxation and sleep
When you meditate, your brain produces more brainwaves that promote deep relaxation. After a meditation practice, you carry this sense of greater calm with you into your activities, allowing you to stay more centered in the face of life’s inevitable upsets. Then when it’s time to bed, instead of ruminating about what happened earlier in the day, you are more likely to drift to sleep—and stay asleep.
4- Increase focus and attention
Many people feel stressed because they’re trying to do more than one thing at a time. Meditation helps you to train your brain to stay focused on the task at hand rather than letting your attention be pulled away by every passing thought and distraction.
5-Connect you to your true self
“You must find the place inside yourself where nothing is impossible”. Deepak Chopra
When you spend time in the inner silence of meditation, you begin to have a spontaneous experience of the attributes of your true self. Instead of getting stuck in constricted awareness, which limits your possibilities, you experience expanded or pure awareness, which is the field of all possibilities. This awakening to your true self is usually gradual. Little by little, you release the stress and limiting thought patterns that obscure your awareness of your essential nature, which is always there, shining brightly.
Tips on meditation
Trying meditation, there are some tips that can help you get started on a beneficial meditation practice.
Start slow: Begin by doing short sessions of around 5 to 10 minutes a day, and then work your way up progressively to longer sessions.
Set a schedule: Try meditating at the same time each day, for a few minutes first thing in the morning, or evening for example.
Get comfortable: Sitting cross-legged on the floor is one option, laying down is another option, but comfort is the real key. You need to be in a position for several minutes without getting uncomfortable, stiff, or restless.
Focus on what you’re feeling: Breath naturally and notice the feelings and sensations that you experience as you breathe in and out.
Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. It can be done anywhere, without special equipment or memberships.
There’s a great variety of styles too, each with different strengths and benefits.
Trying out a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes to do it each day.