The Power of Meditation
When thinking about your health, it’s very easy to just consider your body’s well-being. But your mind is just as important – if not more. Your physical health is directly impacted by your mental health, and this is where meditation is so powerful.
With a history dating back to ancient Egypt and China, we as a species have utilised this idea for self-improvement, spiritual exercise and stress reduction for centuries.
There are a range of different approaches to meditation, but the most common Western practice is Mindfulness. Encouraged by a range of studies, Mindfulness has been proven to improve:
- Attention networks
- Emotional regulation
- Stress symptoms
Following a proper meditation programme can be incredibly beneficial and tailored to your specific issues. One of the most accessible ways to do this is through one of the many readily available apps such as Headspace, Calm and Balance. If you prefer, though, there are many places you can seek out individualised, person-led sessions.
As technology advances, we never seem to be alone anymore. With a press of a button, you’re connected to the rest of the world from the comfort of your own bed. It’s important to take time every day to disconnect, away from the instant modern social lives. Taking time to look inwards, self-reflect and remind yourself of who you are and what you want from life can make all the difference.
Meditation is continually proving itself to be one of the best practices to have in your toolkit. It is overwhelmingly recommended by mental health doctors, councillors and psychologists as treatment for anxiety and depression, as well as a way to treat symptoms of other long-term mental health issues.
After the proven toll the past two years has taken on the nation’s mental health, now more than ever is the perfect time to pick up meditation.