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How Meditation Positively Changes Your Brain

How Meditation Positively Changes Your Brain

How Meditation Positively Changes Your Brain

Meditation is a state of peace that occurs when your mind is calm and quiet.  Buddhists have long believed that meditation increases concentration and clarity.  Meditation practices can also improve your levels of overall happiness and cultivate better relationships. 

Meditation can come in many forms, including sitting quietly and clearing your mind, spending some time alone in nature on a long walk or run, or practicing a mindful exercise routine like yoga or tai chi.

Take a look at some of these wonderful benefits and see if it doesn’t encourage you to start a meditation practice.

Helps Preserve an Aging Brain.

A study from UCLA found that people who have been meditating long-term had better-preserved brains than non-meditators. Participants who had been meditating daily for about 20 years had more grey matter throughout the brain, reducing memory loss and preventing diseases such as Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Reduces Mind-Wandering

Mind-wandering is typically associated with worrying about the past and future, which reduces happiness. Mediation can help quiet your thoughts so that you can focus on the task at hand with a clear mind.

Reduces Depression

Johns Hopkins looked at the association between meditation and its ability to reduce symptoms of depression. Researchers found that the effect of meditation on the brain was the same as anti-depressant medication. Meditation isn’t a magic bullet for depression, but it’s a great tool to help manage symptoms.

Improves Concentration and Focus

With our busy lives and multi-tasking abilities, we often find ourselves overwhelmed and unable to focus. Interestingly, one of the main benefits of meditation is that it improves focus and concentration. One study found that just a couple of weeks of regular, daily meditation helped people become more focused and improved memory and recall.

Reduces Anxiety

Most people tend to start a meditation practice to reduce stress and there’s lots of good evidence to support this idea.  But studies have also shown its benefits in reducing anxiety.  Meditation helps to fill your body with a sense of calm and well-being, reducing both stress and anxiety. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to help people with social anxiety disorder.

Meditation also improves academic performance for students, reduces symptoms of PTSD and helps regulate your emotions.  The best part – studies have shown that just seven minutes of daily meditation are all you need to start reaping some of these benefits.  

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