I want to share 10 scientifically proven benefits of meditation with you! The practice of meditation is mentioned in written form as far back as 1500 BC. Modern science is finally discovering the benefits of mindfulness for mental health.
MINDFULNESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH IS A THING!
YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION
I think you’ll agree that with physical exercise, the more often you work out, the more benefits you’ll see. The same is true with your brain on meditation!
In a good way, by increasing neuroplasticity!
MEDITATION AND NEUROPLASTICITY
What is neuroplasticity, anyway?
Does it have to do with how many times I’ve mistyped ‘meditation’ or the odds that you find a typo in this post?
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to adapt.
There are many different mechanisms of neuroplasticity ranging from the growth of new connections to the creation of new neurons.
Neuroplasticity is continuous processing, allowing short-term, medium-term, and long-term remodeling of the neuron synaptic organization, with the aim of optimizing the functioning of neural networks during phylogenesis, ontogeny, and physiologic learning, and following brain injury.
That’s a mouthful for saying that we’re exercising our neurons for optimal brain function!
Meditation and neuroplasticity for the win!
MINDFULNESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Let’s look specifically at the benefits of mindfulness for mental health.
For our purposes here, Mindfulness = meditation.
Mindfulness is defined technically as nonjudgmental awareness of the present moment, which provides an opportunity to acknowledge & accept difficult physical & emotional sensations.
10 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Meditation
MEDITATION HELPS WITH DEPRESSION
MEDITATION REDUCES STRESS
MEDITATION HELPS INCREASE SELF ESTEEM
MEDITATION HELPS DECREASE CONSPICUOUS CONSUMPTION AKA SHOPPING
My husband is all in for this benefit of mindfulness based cognitive therapy aka meditation!
That is not my husband but I have no gif of him.
MEDITATION HELPS WITH ANXIETY
….things like flying, medical tests, scary books, scary rides, worrying, exams, social interaction w/ tough crowds, & spiders. (For the record, Louie does not mind spiders. I thought arachnophobia was a good example.)
MEDITATION DECREASES BRAIN ATROPHY
MEDITATION HELPS INCREASE ATTENTION SPAN
MEDITATION HELPS WITH INSOMNIA
MEDITATION CAN MAKE YOU MORE EMPATHETIC
MEDITATION CAN INCREASE COGNITION
MEDITATION CAN REDUCE PAIN PERCEPTION
It may be that I've listed 11 scientifically proven benefits of meditation! Be it 10 or 11, there are science-backed benefits of mindfulness for mental health.
Mindfulness can help you learn how to be present & appreciate the simple pleasures of everyday life, reconnect with yourself, & experience life in the moment.
Mindfulness can help you interrupt the automatic connection between negative mood & negative thinking. (Like me thinking that these photos don’t line up, instead of thinking that they’re peaceful.)
YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION WILL THANK YOU
Do you meditate?
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