How meditation rewires your brain
When I first read the scientific studies about how something as simple as meditation can change your life I couldn’t believe it! But as I continued to read more about it, I was fascinated with what I discovered. It turns out meditation can actually rewire your brain! Over the last decade, interest in the science of meditation has increased drastically. We now know more than ever about meditation and how it can benefit us. The increased research has brought up a number of fascinating facts about meditation, meditation can prevent heart diseases, reduce stress or the fact that it can significantly reduce ADHD symptoms. I will list below some of the scientifically proven ways of how meditation rewires your brain.
Meditation reduces stress!
Meditation is incredibly effective in reducing stress and anxiety. Studies have shown that when practicing meditation for more than 3 months, it will significantly lower your stress levels. Another study added that daily meditation reduces the density of brain tissue associated with anxiety and worrying! So if your life is highly stressful then meditation is a must for you!
Improve your focus!
It was shown that meditation increases the cognition and increases your ability to perform tasks requiring focus. One study tested different types of meditations and found that they all improved focus differently. Many people have given up coffee due to being able to wake up or focus just by meditating.
Meditation will improve your memory!
Research that meditation can improve your memory. Researchers have proven that regular meditation can improve your ability to memorize things and to consolidate and store new information.
It improves cardiovascular health!
If you wish to get some of the benefits of exercising just by sitting in one place then meditation is the way to go! It was proven that meditation improves your cardiovascular health and reduces your risk of a heart attack.
Reduces physical and emotional pain!
Maybe one of the most impressive benefits of meditation is its ability to reduce mental and physical pain better than morphine! That is one incredible finding found by researchers!
It increases gray matter!
In a study done in 2005 on American men and women who meditated 40 minutes a day, showed the scientist that the patients had thicker cortical walls than those who did not meditate. This incredible discovery means that their brains aged slower just by meditating.
It protects your telomeres!
Telomeres are also known as the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes. Longer telomeres mean that you are more likely to live longer. Telomerase is the enzyme that helps build telomeres. The more telomerase you produce, you have bigger chances of translating that to longer and stronger telomeres.
Stronger immune system!
Do you get sick often? Well believe it or not meditation can help with that! From mindfulness to yoga, it has been shown that it boosts your immune system, it will make your immune system stronger and resilient to viruses and infections.
The hardest thing to do when it comes to meditation is to get started! We often get lazy even for doing easy things such as meditation, however, if you find the type of meditation that works for you personally then you have a bigger chance to stick to meditation and for it to become part of your life. So find what works best for you and enjoy the benefits!