Meditation is good for your health. In fact, there is a wealth of research that has documented this:
- Reduced stress: Meditation may decrease stress. It also can improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia.
- Lower blood pressure: Over time, blood pressure decreases in people who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and blood vessels and help prevent heart disease.
- Less pain: Meditation can reduce pain and boost emotion regulation. Together with medical care, this may help treat chronic pain.
- Improved memory: Better focus through regular meditation may increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia.
- Increased attention: Meditation helps with attention span, good for when you hit that after-lunch wall.
- Enhanced will power: Meditation develops the mental discipline needed to avoid bad habits.
- Less anxiety: Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and related mental health issues.
- Less depression: Meditation can help reduce the occurrence of depression.
- Better sleep: Meditation can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and improve sleep quality.
- Greater compassion: Meditation can help you better understand yourself and increase positive feelings and actions toward others.
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