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Why Meditation Needs To Be Part Of Your Daily Routine

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This is why it is essential to find a way to manage your stress properly and unclutter your mind at the same time. The best way to help that happen is by incorporating meditation into your daily routine. 

Why Is Meditation Beneficial?

Meditation helps you unclog harmful and stressful thoughts that can have harmful effects on your overall wellbeing. It also is a form of exercise for your brain. The reason for that is that through meditation, you are building up areas and rewiring your brain to think in a more positive way. It also helps you strengthen the problem-solving areas of your brain so you become much better at finding solutions whenever a stressful situation comes up.

For instance, if you are having a difficult time driving to work and the driver in front of you cuts you off, instead of becoming reactive, you will begin to calm yourself down first. That means instead of you having the urge to shake your fist and hurl profanities, you will be inclined to take deep breaths and to stay calm before you are close to reaching a boiling point.  

Additionally, practicing daily meditation will help you focus better, and has been known to reduce your mind from wandering. Your decision-making skills are enhanced as well and as it was just discussed, you respond to stressful stimuli in a calm and productive manner than in a reactive way. 

In fact, researchers at John Hopkins University have discovered that meditation has been able to reduce the intensity of depression, anxiety, and stress-related pain. Additionally, meditation helps reduce cortisol levels as well which can be high as a result of stress. 

High cortisol levels can lead to obesity, insomnia, and chronic pain. Additionally, consistent meditation has helped people become more empathetic and compassionate. And now you may be wondering how to meditate and for how long. 

Meditation Tips For Beginners

All you need to do is commit to 15 minutes a day initially if you have never meditated before. And the more comfortable you become with it, you can slowly increase it up to an hour. That will be up to you as far as when you are ready. 

The first thing you do is to find a quiet space to do your meditation exercises. It has to be dark and in a place where you will not be interrupted, and comfortable. Then close your eyes and breathe naturally. Focus on your body and on your breathing. If you have thoughts entering your mind while you are meditating, don’t fight them. Allow them to pass naturally as they will. Keep focusing on your breathing and on your body. 

You can have ambient music playing in the background if you like, or have nature sounds such as rain, birds or crickets, chirping. There are meditation apps you can download, That is up to you. 

However, be sure to find the style of meditation that fits you and stick to it daily. Your life will improve and so will your health! 

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