Physical activity sure has its rewards, but mentally exercising has also proven to be a win short-term and long-term. Anxiety and stress take a heavy toll on the mind and can inhibit optimum performance. Both are known to be associated with mental illnesses and interferes with one’s daily activities. Stress induces anxiety which could later result in a mental health disorder. Meditation is a set of activities for the mind that fosters brain enhancement and coordination for better functioning. This brings about a healthy spirit and a mentally fit individual. Research and other insights suggest that meditation is a great way to manage stress, anxiety, intense pressure and many more. Meditation has so many advantages, some of which include:
- Decreases blood pressure
- Helps to keep the mind vibrant and young
- Reduces insomnia and gives better body relaxation
- Improved emotional health by reducing unhappiness
- Helps us control anxiety
- Reduces stress and depression
Surprisingly, an activity such as meditation does much more than we could imagine and it has become a practice that develops beneficial results, especially in the aspect of our emotional wellbeing. For the best of productivity and effective performance in our daily activities, stress and anxiety levels need to be kept in check. Often, we experience challenging days, and if not in the right state of mind, things could get uglier. Stress is how our body reacts to these challenging states that present themselves either by working under pressure, trying to meet a deadline or responding to a threat in times of danger. Science refers to it as a rush of hormone adrenaline and cortisol in response to a fight or flight situation. The hypothalamus produces these hormones in the brain. While there is no denying that a little stress can serve as motivation, it is best to avoid extreme levels of stress that bring discomfort. Meditation, which can be self-practised, helps combat stress by offering clarity to our thoughts and increasing self-awareness. Meditation helps to keep us relaxed, prioritize and execute daily decisions efficiently and naturally.
Anxiety, another natural phenomenon, is a significant part of what gets us through the day. Like in the case of stress, occasional anxiety brings about accomplishments in whatever we set out to do, but if excessive, becomes a complication. Research has shown that the amygdala, located within the brain, is the “worry centre” and has a role to play in anxiety. The amygdala shrinks if it receives lesser signals which equate reduced anxiety levels or it expands if it gets more, leading to a state of uneasiness. Further research also shows that meditation causes the amygdala to shrink, thereby resulting in a less-anxious life and defeating anxiety for good. The best part of it all is that meditation isn’t tasking and doesn’t require long hours for a healthier lifestyle.
Conclusively, a poor mental state means an unhealthy life. Meditation is the key to getting it right from top to bottom.