We are trying to juggle so many things at the same time, hundreds of thoughts racing through our minds every second. “Will I complete my assignments on time? Did I turn the stove off? Did my expenses exceed my investments this month? Will covid have a drastic effect on our economy? When will this pandemic end??”
We are currently living in stressful times. Almost everything we need is available at one click, thanks to technology and yet we somehow are more anxious than ever. We all know that stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, ultimately disrupting normal functions and leaving us with a weakened immune system.
So what do we do to try and calm down our racing hearts, be present at the moment fully, focus better and remain happy?
Look no further, the answer lies in one word “MEDITATION”, says Dr. Abhilasha Pawar.
Dr. Pawar says Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace, and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.
Let us have a look at how we can reap benefits from meditation in this fast-paced world:
Mediation helps you relax physically and mentally while having a positive effect on your entire nervous system along with reduction of stress hormone-cortisol. It helps activate your parasympathetic system which is responsible for relaxation.
Positive Thinking and Emotional Stability
Meditation is a powerful and natural treatment for people who suffer from depression and anxiety. Instead of attempting to change emotional experiences, meditation practice trains the individual to notice and observe emotions simply as they are and to accept emotional reactions as they arise.
Meditation improves physical health by boosting the immune functions, regulating hormonal discharge, and decreasing cellular inflammation.
Some researchers found that long-term meditators had more disease-fighting chemicals in their body than non-meditators or beginners did.
Meditation will improve your health by strengthening your immune system, reducing your blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol levels.
Better Sleep Quality
If you’re one of those people who has trouble sleeping at night, meditation might be the solution you’ve been looking for! Meditation dramatically improves the quality of your sleep, and it is one of the most powerful natural treatments for insomnia. By increasing the natural melatonin levels to help with more restful sleep, it quiets the distracting thoughts that keep your mind buzzing.
Yes, you read that right! Studies have shown that the regular practice of meditation can slow the aging process. Studies have shown that people who meditate usually live longer than those who have never tried meditation. Research has shown an average of 30 percent more activity of telomerase, an enzyme that protects chromosomes thus reducing the speed of the aging process
People who meditate are less stressed, healthier, sleep better, and have a more positive outlook on life. Simply put, meditation makes you a happier person!
Certain tips before Starting :
One of the most important elements is the focus. It will help you free your mind from distractions that might disrupt your meditation. Try focusing your attention on a specific object, like a candle flame, an image, a mantra, or your breathing.
If you’re a beginner to meditation, make sure wherever you’re meditating is quiet and peaceful. Eliminate distractions such as your cell phone.
You can practice meditation in any position or activity. Just try to be comfortable so that you can get the most out of your meditation. Start with Shavasana in the beginning. You should also be wearing comfortable clothes.