Meditation is known to bring peace and tranquility to the mind, body and soul. Due to its proven effectiveness, studies have been conducted on how and why meditation makes us mindful of our presence and thoughts. There is a science to mindfulness and meditation that affects your mind and body:
One of the biggest effects of meditation is stress relief. It comes to no surprise that silently reflecting and becoming mindful of yourself and your environment can help relieve you of stress. Interestingly enough, it can also make you more resilient to stress. When faced with stressful situations or challenges, studies have shown that individuals practicing meditation consistently and long-term are quicker to bounce back from it. Looking into neuroscience research shows that mindfulness practices dampen activity in our amygdala. It will also increase the connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex which will help you become less reactive and heal from stress much faster.
The impact meditation has on physical health is small, but effective. Many people have vouched for meditation and mindfulness improving their physical health. Although these claims are substantiate, there is some evidence proving it to be true. It has been found that long-term meditation have increased activity of telomerase, which is an enzyme that has been found to promote longevity and longer life in cells. Although this provides some evidence that consistent meditation can help improve physical health, the increased activity of telomerase could have been due to other factors like exercise or other life choices.
Meditation isn’t just about relaxation; it takes focus and concentration. Although it can relieve stress or pain, it can also have an effect on mediator’s attention span. Long-term practice of meditation has been proven to improve focus and attentiveness. Studies have found that mindfulness and meditation counteracts the proneness to not pay attention to new information, known as habituation. When it comes to concentration, those who take part in meditation long-term have shown an increased ability. Studies have also found an improvement to problem-solving due to meditation and lasts even years after the practice of meditation.
Mindfulness helps clear your thoughts and decreases stress. Stress can have a major impact on relationships in your life. Because meditation helps relieve stress, many people who practice mindfulness have more positive relationships. Studies conducted between a group of couples measured their mindfulness and took their cortisol levels. When talking about conflict in their relationship, their cortisol levels increased. The study found that those with more mindfulness were able to decrease their levels faster. Although not concrete, it can be concluded that meditation leads to more positive relationships.
Meditation and mindfulness has many positive effects on the mind and body. Take the time to meditate more to see a decrease in stress, better physical health and attentiveness, and more positive relationships in your life.