10 Reasons you Need to Meditate, According to Research

reasons to meditate

Guest post by Ramit Singhi • iNLP Center student

Most people know that meditation has a relaxing effect. It’s advisable to meditate regularly to have proper personal development. Wondering why?

Here are ten reasons you need to meditate.

1. Stress

Most people get stressed when faced with numerous challenges or disappointments in life. Some of them take anti-anxiety drugs to keep calm. Meditation allows you to control your emotions and the nervous system. Emma Seppala, a researcher at Stanford University, states that meditation can permanently regulate your feelings.

2. Concentration

Some people are unable to focus on a particular task for long. They easily get distracted. Like hypnosis, taking a meditation course helps in improving your concentration hence enabling you to multitask. Often, meditation is associated with several factors that will enhance a person’s focus and memory. It increases your energy.

3. A Healthy Lifestyle

Many people desire luxurious things in life in spite of eating fatty foods and drnking loads of alcohol. However, regular meditation can help you cut down our food consumption rate and alcohol intake. Besides, it helps you have a healthy lifestyle.

4. Increased Self-Awareness

Are you hot-tempered? Meditating for several months can help you control your anger and avoid committing violence-related crimes. Also, it teaches you to detach from the anger by clearing your mind and calming you down. When you take different types of meditation such as laughter and Sahaj meditations, you become comfortable with your personality.

5.  Happiness

Psychological studies reveal that when you meditate occasionally, the brain sends more signals to your prefrontal cortex’s left side. It’s in charge of positive feelings. On the other hand, it reduces activities in the brain’s right side which triggers negative emotions. Increased self-acceptance and awareness makes you jovial.

6. Increased Self-Acceptance

When you suffer from a terminal illness such as cancer, you contemplate a lot for your future. Some people opt to meditate in an attempt to forget their health condition. However, exploring your inner being isn’t a walk in the park. It might last for over a year, and it changes your perceptions of life.

7. Reduced Signs of Aging

Scientific research indicates that meditation alters your mind’s physiology to aging. Most meditators apply cognition, and they have many brain cells. Also, they have extended telomeres in their chromosomes. It reduces the effects of stress on your body.

8. Increased Immunity

Besides making an individual relax, meditation boosts their immunity. Anxiety and stress significantly reduce your immunity, therefore, exposing you to different illnesses. Regular meditation controls the amount of stress-associated chemicals which your body produces.

9. Self-Confidence

A person’s self-confidence rests on the opinions they have about themselves. It helps you in accepting your flaws and weaknesses and reducing anxiety. When you start having negative thoughts while meditating, it’s crucial not to focus on them for long. With time, you’ll be able to handle negative opinions and beliefs.

10. Long-term Relationships with Other People

Meditation helps in building good relationships with other people in two ways. It offers you sufficient time to spend with yourself and relate well with others. Also, it increases your awareness of others in relation to you.

Meditation has numerous health benefits. It induces relaxation and reduces high blood pressure. There are different forms of meditation such as mantra meditation and yoga. Meditation is worth learning and practicing!