Yes, Meditation Does Mitigate Stress
Meditation helps us take a deliberate break from the stream of “monkey” thoughts that are constantly running and jumping in and out of the mind.
Some people use it to promote spiritual growth or find inner peace, others use it as a powerful relaxation and stress reduction tool. Beyond mental health, research shows meditation may help lower blood pressure with just 3 months of practice, and at the same time decreasing psychological distress and increasing coping ability among young and old alike.
I have been doing it daily for 18 years, it works.
Research from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) also supports the notion that meditation acts as a form of “mental exercise” that can help regulate attention and emotions while improving well-being. It has been found that meditation prompts changes in the amygdala, a region of your brain associated with processing emotion.
The research suggests these beneficial brain changes persist even after the meditation session is over, resulting in enduring changes in mental function.
Research into the actual meditation experience reveals that meditation leads to a number of benefits for people of all ages and for adolescents especially including:
- Improvements in attention and social skills
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreases in aggressive behavior among adolescents with antisocial behaviors
- Improved classroom behavior for young people, such as paying attention, self-control, participation in activities and caring and respect for others.
Stress is one of the biggest challenges facing US adults, with many reporting that stress has a negative impact on mental and physical health.
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2015 Stress in America Survey further revealed that a sizable portion of adults do not feel they are doing enough to manage their stress.
Nearly half of Americans said they engage in stress-management activities just a few times a month or less, 18% never. Others , 40$ report overeating or eating processed foods as a result of stress, while 46 percent said they lie awake at night because their stress levels are so high.
Needless to say, a simple, inexpensive tool to help manage stress is an invaluable tool for stressed adults in need of a reprieve, especially one that can be practiced virtually anytime, anywhere.
Those tools exist, they are meditation and mindfulness, and the new research affirms their benefits for stress relief for people of all ages.
Learn about them for a healthier, stress free life.
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