Chronic stress may manifest itself into chronic health conditions. Meditation has been practiced for thousands of years and is considered a mind-body complementary medicine. During meditation you can clear your mind and turn the jumbled and stressful thoughts off that effect your quality of life. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation which can benefit both the mind and body. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can not only reduce negative emotions and gain new perspectives on situations, it may benefit the following health issues:
High blood pressure
Other benefits of meditation include: attention, concentration, decreased muscle tension, enhances immune function and overall psychological well-being. A UCLA study concluded that meditators had BETTER PRESERVED BRAINS and more grey matter than non-meditators when aging. Harvard found that meditation increased cortical thickness in the Hippocampus, which is the center for learning and memory; and decreased thickness in the Amygdala, which is the center for fear, anxiety and stress. A recent study found that after a few weeks of meditation training in students, GRE scores increased by 16%. Start incorporating meditation into your daily life and reap the benefits in mind and body!