5 Surprising Benefits of Meditation
So we all know that meditation is good for us and has huge benefits to our daily lives, but did you know that science has also supported this view and found new studies to prove its benefits? Yup. Every day a new study is being released proving more and more of it’s powerful effects. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries that science has supported for meditation
1. Reduces teenage angst
Let’s face it. Having a teenager in the house could sometimes be a bit of a challenge. (I actually have 2 pre-teens!) And while we can say it’s their hormones reacting there are actually studies by University of Leuven in Belgium that have proven that teaching your child how to meditate will help calm their mood and focus better on their studies. So if you haven’t taught your child how to meditate yet, give it a try and share with us how it turned out!
2. Helps you sleep better
Having troubles sleeping? Be still and focus on your breathing because meditation actually helps you sleep better at night. According to a study by the University of Utah, meditation not only helps control our emotions and moods, but it also helps us sleep at night. The report indicated that people with higher levels of mindfulness had lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future abilities to manage stress. If you’re having insomnia of any kind, remember to use stillness as a sleep remedy.
3. Helps your doctors be more aware of their patients needs
They say a good doctor is one who gives that extra care to their patients and if you agree to this you’ll appreciate these findings from the University of Rochester Medical Center. According to their research, doctors who meditate are less judgmental, more self-aware and better listeners when it comes to interacting with their patients. So the next time you head to the hospital, pick a doctor who practices meditation to receive better treatment!
4. Strengthens your immune system
When winter season rolls in it’s quite easy to catch the common cold for most people but did you know that meditation has proven to improve your immune system decreasing the chances of you catching the flu? Yup. A study at the University of Wisconsin has found that adding meditation on top of moderate daily exercise decreases a person’s chances of catching a cold versus someone who simply does neither.
5. It makes you appreciate music more
Music lovers rejoice! New studies by the Journal Psychology of Music have found that the time you spend on being still, the better you become at engaging music. This in turn will decrease your stress levels tremendously and help you notice a positive brain change.
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