Why You Should Meditate

April 03, 2017

Why You Should Meditate

Amongst our hectic lifestyles and stressful day-to-day chores, it is not uncommon for us to have to deal with issues like fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and even depression. Time for some relaxations is simply hard to come by. We are all too busy. As we bury our heads in the never-ending trail of work, we sometimes find ourselves stuck in the labyrinth of stress. Some people can cope with stress better than the others but the fact is that everyone deserves to take a break.

However, taking a break does not necessarily equate to enhancing one own's wellbeing. You need to know how to make full use of the breaks. We want to learn how to feel calm, seek for peacefulness, improve focus and most importantly, to feel happier.

Meditation might be exactly what you need.  Do you know that 3 minutes of meditation daily makes difference in your life? Meditation is probably the fastest, simplest and healthiest stress management method. Let us take a look at some benefits of meditation.

Meditation can Improve Attention and Self-Awareness

A study at Harvard Medical School has found that meditation increases the thickness of your prefrontal cortex, the brain region that is related to attention and self-awareness. These are important attributes that enable you to perform better in your day-to-day tasks. 


Meditation Helps in Stress Management

It has been proven in multiple researches that meditation can indeed reduce stress. A study published in 2014 revealed that brief mindfulness meditation training can reduce stress. Now we know exactly what we can turn to in the midst of trying to juggle with our stressful lifestyles. 

Meditation Gives You Better Sleep at Night

Sleep is important, we all know. A lack of sleep can lead to a string of health related issues, from psychological implications like depression, to physical problems like cardiovascular diseases. However, there are times that you simply cannot drift into dreamland, no matter how hard you try. Meditation might be your saviour. 

A research have been done on participants with chronic insomnia. Indeed, after eight weeks of meditation training, participants reported less total wake time and reduced severity of sleep problems. Six months into the study, the insomnia sufferers continue to report better sleep quality over time. 


Meditation Eases Anxiety

We all feel anxious from time to time. However, if you find yourself feeling anxious excessively, for an extended period of time, your psychological health might be raising a red flag. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is categorized by uncontrollable worrying, excessive anxiety, sleep and concentration problems. 

Meditation might not be able to cure such psychologically related problems. However, research done by psychiatrists in Harvard Medical School have found that it can help in easing psychological problems like anxiety. 


How Do I Start Meditating?

Now that you realise how amazing meditation practices are, you must be wondering what what you can do to kick start your meditation journey. 

Of course, you can search online for some guidelines on performing meditation at home. However, like anything else, it is always more effective to learn from the professionals. Learning from certified meditation instructors can ensure that you obtain the optimal results from meditation. 

This April, we are offering you a chance to learn how to meditate. Our Mindfulness Meditation Workshop teaches you the basics of meditation and to make it even more all-encompassing, we provide an additional Mindfulness Eating Workshop for all participants.

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Creswell, J. D., Pacilio, L. E., Lindsay, E. K., & Brown, K. W. (2014). Brief mindfulness meditation training alters psychological and neuroendocrine responses to social evaluative stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology,44, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2014.02.007
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