5 Science Based Reasons to Develop a Meditation Practice
Have you tried to meditate, but just haven't been disciplined enough to stick with it? Well, science has shown many beneficial reason you might just want to give it another shot. Here's my Top 5:
1. Stress Reduction
This is one of the main reasons people want to try meditation, and for good reason. Stress causes inflammation, which is the cause of a whole host of other diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's Disease. Numerous scientific studies have shown meditation to reduce stress, and may also reduce the effects of stress related conditions.
2. Lowers Anxiety
Less Stress also means less anxiety, including the symptoms of various anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, paranoid thoughts, obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic attacks.
3. Lengthens Attention Span
Studies have shown that workers who meditate regularly have the ability to stay on task longer than their non-meditating peers. Not only that, those who meditate were able to recall more details related to their work.
4. Facilitates Kindness & Compassion
One style of meditation, Metta, specifically focuses on loving compassion, beginning first with self love, and then expanding to love and compassion for others. Subsequent benefits have been reduced social anxiety and marriage conflict resolution.
5. Pain Management
Studies have been conducted that show increased activity in the pain control centers of the brains of meditating people. They also report experiencing lower levels of both chronic and intermittent pain. Another great option for natural and effective pain management is CBD Oil.
Well, there it is. My Top 5 scientifically based reasons you might want to start a regular meditation practice. For even more, check out this Healthline article here!