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7 benefits of meditation for your mental health

7 benefits of meditation for your mental health

As the pandemic continues to affect our mental health, more and more people are turning to the ancient practice of meditation to manage their mental health. Here are some of the scientifically backed benefits.

Meditation can help reduce stress: It’s easy to become overwhelmed by stress as the boundaries between home, workplace, and educational institutions blur. The good thing is that a few minutes of meditation can help you deal with stress effectively. In an eight-week study, researchers found that meditation can reduce inflammation caused by stress, proving that meditation has a positive effect on stress.

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Meditation can help relieve anxiety: Inadvertently, we build up unhealthy levels of stress that later damage our mental health. Meditation can reduce stress levels, which means less anxiety. Researchers found that meditation helped patients with chronic anxiety lower their levels in just two weeks.

Meditation helps you fight loneliness: People have distanced themselves physically and emotionally in times of pandemic. Loneliness can be hard to deal with. There aren’t many studies looking at the relationship between meditation and loneliness. However, researchers have attempted to assess this association in health care workers due to their increased social isolation during the pandemic. They find that there is an improvement in solitude among those who meditate.

Meditation helps you deal with death and loss: Dealing with the loss of someone close to you can affect your mental health, leading to depression. Researchers conducted a study to assess the effect of wakefulness on the cognition of bereaved individuals. At eight weeks, they found significant improvement in both executive control and emotion regulation in the bereaved individuals.

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Meditation makes you calm: If you are looking for inner peace and calm, meditation can help. The Mayo Clinic claims that meditation can restore calm and inner peace, which contributes to your overall health.

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