Finding ways to reduce stress is always a battle, but I have personally found great success incorporating daily meditation into my life. Not only has it helped me reduce stress and anxiety, but I have also noticed that I am more mindful of my surroundings and understanding in relationships. I highly recommend using daily meditation as part of your routine – it has so many redeeming qualities!
Whenever I am feeling a lack of focus with my work or with certain areas in my life, I turn to daily meditation to help gather my thoughts. You don’t need to step away from what you were working on for long. Many meditation exercises take only fifteen to twenty minutes and can actually increase your productivity! Give it a try when your mind is in knots!
Research has shown that individuals with no experience in meditation who commit to meditation sessions for as little as 4 days can significantly change specific brain mechanisms that correlate with a reduction in anxiety. I personally struggle with anxiety and have explored multiple ways to combat the negative effects that it has on my life. More than many other techniques I have tried, I can honestly say that meditation has been a huge help for reducing both stress and anxiety in my life! Give it a shot if you struggle in this area; you won’t be disappointed!
One thing you may not have known about meditation is its impact on your digestive system. As someone who has struggled with IBS and digestive ailments for years, I can take all the help that I can get in this area! There has been a lot of research done related to the gut microbiome and its direct relationship to the brain, stating that anxiety and stress can greatly impact your digestion. By dedicating time in your schedule to relax and be mindful also helps to relax your muscles and digestive system – it’s a great way to get things moving!
Meditation is really focused on increasing mindfulness. When you focus your energy inwards, you will undoubtedly notice a greater sense of mindfulness – I sure did! When you are mindful, you tend to observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance. Instead of letting your past define you and watching your life pass you by, mindfulness gives meaning to living in the moment and embracing all of the experiences that come your way.
I have struggled with depression for a number of years and have attempted to find any avenue where I did not need to take medication to reduce my symptoms. After doing some research on the undeniable benefits of daily meditation for depression, I had to give it a try. Only one week after I committed myself to practicing a daily meditation exercise, I noticed a significant reduction in my depression – especially in the winter months! I would recommend it to anyone who struggles with depression and SAD (seasonal affective disorder)!
Having less stress and anxiety in your life, along with a greater mindfulness has a huge benefit on your relationships. Meditating can give you a calmer disposition and can assist you with potentially difficult discussions. Spending a little bit of time every day that is focused on you and your wellbeing gives you a real edge on improving relationships, whether they are personal or work related. Your partner and coworkers will thank you!
Another area I have seen improvements in has been my increase in my level of appreciation. Meditation has changed my view on all of the aspects in my life, both the good and the challenging. Practicing a thankful state of mind gives back to you time and time again. Chances are, the more grateful you are for the things in your life, the more you will attract positivity your way. There are many meditations based around practicing gratitude – give one a try!
No matter what stage you are at in your life, meditation can play a fundamental role on bringing you peace and wellbeing. Having a greater self-awareness and appreciation for life and your surroundings has so many benefits, all entrenched with practicing meditation on a daily basis. There are many free mediation exercises online, so do some searching for one that calls to you! What meditations have you found that have helped you in your life? I’m always up for trying new ones!