Mental Health Benefits of Meditation: We live in a world that is full of distractions, making it difficult to navigate and seemingly impossible to escape. Most of us struggle to find time for solitude. Many believe a packed schedule will lead to a sense of accomplishment, yet it might feel like something valuable is still missing.
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Just like your physical health, your mental wellbeing is important. In fact, there's evidence that good mental health directly affects physical health, and that it can help us reach the healthy goals we set for ourselves.
Mental wellbeing is not not just about being happy; happiness is just a part of the whole, and is just as important to it. Feelings of contentment, self-confidence, and self-esteem are all part of mental wellbeing. While this week is Mental Illness Awareness week, taking care of our mental wellbeing is something that we should strive for everyday.
Many of us are experts at producing excuses for not trying yoga let alone anything new.
We make excuses why we aren’t sleeping enough, exercising or practicing healthy eating habits. Granted, for those with difficulty making ends, these “stories” are more often than not justified. But for others, excuses often mask a destructive cycle of underlying beliefs that negatively impact our health needs.
We live in a fast paced society where getting ahead and ‘doing it all’ are held in the highest esteem. We are constantly on the go. We have fast food chains, that are always promising ‘quicker service,’ and speedy delivery which is now seen to be a positive connotation. However, sometimes we could all benefit from just slowing down. The practice of mindfulness is all about this idea. It teaches the idea of living in the moment—not worrying about the past or present—but in the now.
What is mindfulness?
Need a few minutes to relax and quiet down your brain? Try meditation. Meditating helps improve many qualities of life. All the more reason you need to start meditating now!
Reasons You Need to Start Meditating #1. Meditation reduces stress
Get on board the health train for 2014! This summer, introduce yourself to this simple guide to wellness developed by Mary Bentley, an Associate Professor at Ithaca College. Watch your mind and body pick up a new lease on life.
The 5-for-5 Wellness Guide is simple enough. Do 5 healthy activities for 5 days each week. Soon enough, those five days will become 365 and those activities will become a normal part of your health routine!
In Norway, a team of neuroscientists at the University of Oslo studied the brain’s activity during two techniques of meditation - concentrative and nondirective. Participants practiced both methods of meditation as an MRI recorded their brain activities and wound up with “remarkable” results.
Researchers found that as participants practiced nondirective meditation, a technique that focuses on breathing or calming sounds, there was higher activity in parts of the brain that were associated with “processing self-related thoughts and feelings” compared to when they were resting. On the other hand, during concentrative meditation, there was approximately the same amount of activity as when they were resting. This may be due to the fact that the latter method focuses on breathing and certain thoughts, which quiets other thinking.