I’ve just finished day 10 of Headspace meditation, and I’m dedicated to sticking with it! I’ll post more about Headspace and meditation apps in my next post, but first, I’m going to tell you all about the benefits of meditation.
I spent some time researching meditation, which is why I decided to try it out. There are so many good things it does for our bodies! I read articles from Emma Seppala Ph.D., Forbes, Stepping Stones Mental Health, and Headspace to compile the following.
I feel extremely relaxed immediately after meditating, but I’m not sure if I’ve experienced any long-lasting effects. Some people say they’ve noticed effects immediately, but others say it’s gradual and takes time. Just like any physical exercise, mental exercise takes time to perfect too! Some articles say it takes a couple days, some say a couple weeks, and others say a few months. I’m just being patient and looking forward to some (or all!) of these benefits listed below.
Increases optimism and resilience in hard times
Increases life satisfaction and sense of wellbeing
Reduces self-referential thoughts (thoughts that are typically associated with being less happy)
Reduces worrying and rumination
Increases self-awareness, self-confidence, self-understanding, and self-control
Increases attention span to stay on task longer and switch tasks less often
Reduces mind wandering and makes it easier to focus on current task
Increases creative thinking
Improves concentration, attention, focus, memory, and cognitive skills
Reduces stress, anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and pain
Helps with addition recovery to help people effectively manage cravings
Restores a sense of calmness, balance, and peacefulness
Improves sleep quality and increases energy
Improves communication with others to increase marital/relationship quality
Improves empathy and compassion