Meditation helps reduce stress and lower the risk of disease. A major review published in May found meditation helps to reduce anxiety, depression and stress.
A 2011 study conducted by the University of California’s Centre for Mindfulness Research, found people who meditate had an improvement in stress reduction and symptoms of depression.
What are the benefits of meditation?
You might find meditating difficult at first, but you can usually start with five minutes. It’s recommended that you take your time to find your right position. There are many different forms of meditation such as sitting, walking, breathing, concentrating on your breath and walking in an exercise ring. Take time to relax and focus on your breathing, whether you are at home, in a yoga or meditation studio, or on the train or bus.
Some research suggests meditation can relieve stress and anxiety. Relaxation, healthy eating, regular exercise and exercise all help reduce stress, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Even with a healthy lifestyle, stress can affect your health, causing:
Joint and muscle pain
Feeling dizzy or sick
Although some people find meditation a relaxing and useful technique, some people find it hard to keep the momentum of the practice.
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Why you should do this for relaxation
Relaxation, through meditation and other relaxation methods, can make a huge difference to your lifestyle. By taking time to breathe and relax, you can enhance your health and wellbeing.
Taking time to relax can also help you to relax after work and before bedtime. There are numerous studies that show stress and stress-related illnesses such as heart disease, depression and anxiety could be reduced by as much as 20%.
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Why should you do this for stress reduction?
Maintaining a stress-free lifestyle can help your health. Spending time focusing on reducing stress through meditation and other relaxation techniques can improve your stress response, decrease your risk of illness and lower the risk of heart disease.
Meditation and other relaxation methods also help reduce depression and anxiety. Meditation and relaxation have been found to decrease stress and lower stress-related illness.
It’s recommended that you try to do five minutes of meditation every day to help reduce stress. If you find it difficult, you can try to do one or two minutes a day.
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Making it more likely to try meditating
Research shows meditation is much more likely to be effective for you if you do it for relaxation rather than stress. You can learn about meditation and mindfulness from our free tool.
To learn more about mindfulness, you can read our free book on the subject.
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Reasons you might not try meditation
Some people find it difficult to relax and meditate. You may find it hard to concentrate, especially when your mind is busy. You might also find it difficult to find your right position or meditation breathing method.
You might not know how to relax, which could lead to anxiety and stress. You might feel bad about being unable to do it, especially if you know it’s good for your health. You may feel guilty or embarrassed.
Other factors can stop you from starting.
You might not want to change your lifestyle or you might be worried about losing the benefits of meditation.
How to start
You can find meditation at a yoga or meditation studio, or even by yourself. However, it’s recommended that you relax at home first.
You can usually find a yoga or meditation class in your local area. If this isn’t available, you can find a local yoga or meditation studio online or try a service such as Headspace. You can find online meditation training courses.
Online courses and courses from a physical gym can be more expensive. You can find courses from physical gyms as well as meditation and relaxation classes in local shops and restaurants.
Taking time to learn about meditation can improve your life, so you can take time out to relax at any time.