Meditation has become increasingly popular over the years, providing people with a way to relax, reduce stress, and clear their minds. But while those are some of the most commonly known benefits of meditation, in recent years there has been more and more physical and emotional health benefits discovered through science. Research studies continue to shine light on these proven benefits, and there are even more that strongly suggest additional ways meditation encourages better health in pretty much all areas of the body. Of course, like any exercise or lifestyle change that claims significant health benefits, there are some scientists who don’t believe or support the claims.
Regardless of the debate, there are at least these ten reasons why science supports meditation…
1. Reduce Stress
The effect meditation has on stress is probably the most common benefit people are aware of. There are a lot of ways meditation impacts emotional and mental health because it’s a unique exercise that targets your mind, where you learn how to find calmness and relaxation in this busy world. With how hectic your life gets between working, taking care of your home, having children, and other things that fill your time, stress is bound to happen. Using meditation to reduce this stress could change your life for the better.
One of the good things about meditation is that it doesn’t take copious amounts of time to do, yet the benefits are great. Meditating for even 5 minutes can provide a significant decrease in stress, yes, when done properly, it’s that quick. This makes it easy to stick to doing meditation often if you experience stress regularly, or to add it in here and there as needed. Of course, many people find plenty of other benefits from meditating regularly even when they don’t experience a lot stress, and so you’ll find many doctors and other health professionals encouraging meditation.