The concept of meditation and yoga can be dated back to thousands of years in India. Surprisingly, meditation has gained a huge traction due to its ability to achieve complete well-being. Stress has been found to be one of the major reasons for the increasing incidence of lifestyle problems such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and depression. In such a scenario, practicing meditation for just 10-15 minutes a day can go a long way in protecting you against diseases.
Here are a few reasons for you to meditate for a healthier life ahead:
1 . Improves Concentration
Studies by Harvard and Stanford neuro-scientists have proven that practicing meditation leads to a redistribution of grey matter of the brain with higher concentration of grey matter in the learning, memory and emotion related parts of the brain. It has also been revealed that continued meditation leads to increased gamma wave activity in the brain.
2 . Keeps Blood Pressure In Check
Meditation is a great way to help keep your blood pressure in check. A study at Harvard Medical School revealed that meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less responsive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication.
3 . Reduces Anxiety
According to psychiatrists, meditation can reduce anxiety symptoms. Anxiety attacks occur when someone gets overwhelmed with worry over issues that they have no control over. Anxiety in turn can lead to high blood pressure and heart diseases due to the stress it creates on the body.
4 . Boosts Memory
Several studies have shown that meditation leads to increase in mental focus, faster information processing, better decision making and better memory. It also improves one’s ability to work under stress. With increasing distraction of modern life, the need to focus and maintain continued attention can be achieved through meditation.
5 . Strengthens Immunity
Studies show that meditation increases activity of ‘natural-killer cells’. These are the cells responsible for killing bacteria and viruses that enter the body. Improved immunity means less chances of falling sick and enhanced overall health.
6 . Uplifts Your Mood
Stress, depression and mood swings are common psychological issues faced in modern times. Meditation has been shown to decrease feelings of loneliness, depression and increase self-awareness and emotional well-being.
So, go ahead and give meditation a try for a healthy body, mind and soul. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!