7. Controls anxiety- Anxiety is a rough patch for many, in fact, Nearly one-third (31.9%) of adolescents (ages 13-18) had an anxiety disorder between 2001 and 2004. Of these adolescents, the 17- to 18-year-old age group was most affected. (Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005). Anxiety can be linked to Thyroid disorders like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, heart disease, diabetes, certain side effects from medication, lack of oxygen or respiratory disorders including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, or asthma, Illicit drug use or withdrawal from drugs/alcohol, and even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
While many of these links to anxiety can be a hill to climb when it comes to chilling out the effects, it is possible to achieve. Always consult a physician when this becomes a frequent issue. In the meantime, meditation may help with this as well.
8. May help you heal- Healing the mind can help heal the body. A growing body of research suggests that meditation can enhance various cognitive functions, including attention, memory, and executive function. When the brain is operating at optimal capacity, the healing can begin. Sure, you can’t grow a lost limb back, but keeping your mind and body in sync is crucial when overcoming certain illnesses and injuries.
9. Eased Tension- Do naps help the over worked and fatigued? Meditation can do the same. Stretching before meditation can help you achieve your goals of reaching the alpha, beta, theta, gamma, and delta waves your body needs to relax.
10. May lower blood pressure– I’m not saying jump off your blood pressure meds, by any means. But keeping a smooth-running system can help at any rate when comes to the body. Much like adding fuel additive to your car will help the overall performance. Getting the body into homeostasis is key. Low stress, cutting caffeine, avoiding sodium, and keeping your mellow can help overall.
But how much is sufficient? According to an article put out by Harvard Health Publishing by Harvard Medical School-Dr. Benson recommends practicing the relaxation response twice a day, for 10 to 20 minutes, like what other meditation experts recommend. Here’s how to do it-
Sit in a quiet place with your eyes closed.
Relax your muscles and silently repeat a word, phrase, sound, or short prayer of your choosing over and over.
When stray thoughts interfere (as they will), let them come and go and return to your word, phrase, or sound.