Meditation might seem like a simple activity, but comes with many wonderful benefits. Being able to sit somewhere still for a few minutes every day, breathe deeply and relax your mind and body can work wonders in reducing your stress levels. The National Institutes of Health reports that meditation can help fight depression and anxiety symptoms for you. Meditation can boost your self-esteem through self-acceptance and positive thoughts. Find out how meditation can help your confidence.
It removes your negative thoughts
Meditation has the power to remove negativity from your thoughts. It reduces the control that negative thoughts can have on you. For instance, if you have plenty of negative thoughts about your own abilities, appearance, your self-worth, others’ opinions about you etc, it can lead to poor self-esteem. Such thoughts can cause you to feel bad about yourself. Trying to shut these thoughts or fight those feelings can make you waste a lot of energy and time, and give more power to those thoughts. It is through meditation that you can accept their presence in your life. You can accept yourself for what you are, and try to improve with each passing day. When such thoughts cannot control you emotionally, these will begin to arise less often.
It lets you understand that thoughts are not realities
With regular meditation, you can understand that you are not defined by your thoughts. Merely thinking about anything does not make it come true. Often, thoughts are nothing more than reflexes. These are only mental occurrences happening in the presence of stimuli. So even if you have some negative thoughts regarding yourself and your capacity, you can understand that you are not any less worthwhile. Meditation helps you understand that thoughts are merely thoughts, and not truths or realities.
It lets you be self-content
Meditation makes you feel content on yourself. It makes you feel present in the ‘here and now’ while in the act of meditation. Feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt can crop up when you have concerns about the future or have regrets about your past. When you are in the present, you can understand that just being in the ‘here and now’ and living is enough for the moment. You can be assured that you are where you should be. Meditation teaches you to more comfortable in your space and your body. The small things that you learn through meditation can have a huge impact on your mood, thoughts and how you feel throughout the day.
It lets you practice mindfulness
Over time, when you feel comfortable sitting quietly for 5 to 10 minutes with nothing but positive thoughts, it can be very easy to get rid of too much thinking and anxiety. You can practice mindfulness, put an end to your negative thoughts and boost your confidence naturally and easily. Just like you brush your teeth daily to keep them healthy and clean, you have to meditate with consistency to be able to keep your mind confident and quiet.