Meditation has been shown to have a wide range of health benefits including: stress reduction, better sleep, improved mood, reduced anxiety and depression symptoms, and a sense of well-being.
However, many people still ask “Is meditation a good lifestyle choice?”
In this article we will look at the answers to this question and what the best options are for those who wish to incorporate meditation into their lifestyle.
Stress reduction is probably one of the main reasons why people begin meditating. One review found that meditation lived up to its reputation as stress relief. Usually, physical and psychological stress cause elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone produced by the pancreas.
However, if the stress causes the pancreas to release too much cortisol then this can cause weight gain as excess cortisol is converted to fat. So, even though meditation may help alleviate the physical effects of stress, it may not help you shed unnecessary pounds.
A good way to determine whether or not meditation will benefit your stress levels is to keep a blood pressure diary while practicing meditating. While doing so, keep your eye on your pulse. Over time, your blood pressure will stabilize. If you are experiencing an elevated reading, then you can consider meditating to reduce your stress levels.
Meditators also report increased feelings of well being, a key ingredient in treating and preventing anxiety and depression. Finally, another health benefit associated with meditation is that it can increase your resting heart rate, which reduces the risk of sudden death in individuals at high risk for cardiovascular disease, especially those over 65 years of age.stress
Anxiety and depression are very common among those who meditate. This is likely due to a change in hormones that meditation may cause. Some research has shown that those who meditate experience less anxiety and depression than those who do not meditate.
In addition to this, meditation may also lead to a decrease in other physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, and menstrual cramps. While all these are true benefits of meditation, many people would be surprised to learn that the psychological benefits of meditation may be just as important.
One of the psychological benefits of meditation may be related to reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals in the brain. Lammation is often associated with both depression and anxiety. Inflammation has been shown to contribute to the development of both of these mental illnesses. Thus, meditation may reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals and therefore may contribute to the reduction of both of these mental illnesses.
As was previously mentioned, most of the benefits of meditation are related to the reduction of stress. However, some of these benefits were not related to the reduction of stress but to the reduction of inflammation. Most researchers agreed that the results from the meta-analysis were consistent with the notion that mediation leads to decreased blood pressure and reduced immune response in chronic pain patients.
However, further studies are needed to determine whether mediation leads to a reduction in inflammatory chemicals or whether mediation causes a change in the types of cells that produce inflammatory chemicals.
Samir worked for years as a sociologist at various research institutes, devoting himself above all to the themes of identity and memory. He is writer and artist and expert in social communication.