Contrary to popular belief, meditation won’t make you a different person, a better person, or a new person. How it will help you though, is to get a healthy sense of perspective, understand your thoughts and feelings and eventually become okay with them. Learning to observe everything that we think and feel without judgment, is the ultimate skill and that’s where meditation jumps in. Learning to meditate takes time and consistent practice; guided meditation is always more comfortable because you get clear instructions on how to discover ways of mindfulness.
Is it Normal to Worry So Much?
It’s in human nature to worry, but constant worry shouldn’t be a norm. Worrying too much and being obsessed with the negatives (and forgetting the positives) may lead to a low-quality life, poor relationships and overall dissatisfaction. Unless you consciously decide to change something, you’ll find yourself in a vicious cycle of worry and anxiety. Denying that you are feeling a certain way won’t make those feelings go away. Shutting down your negative emotions won’t do anything right but lead to harmful emotional build-up. That will cost you much in the end. Deal with what you feel through meditation.
What Does Meditation Help With?
For thousands of years, meditation has been used as the best natural remedy to quiet a loud mind and help you relax. Still, meditation is much more potent than that. Similarly to anxiety, it changes the structure of your brain in a positive, healthy way and is also known to reverse the damage caused by stress.
Meditation is also known to aid with mental health and disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, depression, panic disorder, social anxiety, bipolar disorder, agoraphobia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, binge eating disorder, and addictions.
Here are some of the powerful ways meditation reduces anxiety and stress:
Meditation Trains You to View Your Thoughts Differently
In the 21st century, we’re all victims of “mental time travel”; rarely anyone can live in the moment and not worry about the past or the future. It usually makes us not only fail to enjoy the present but get anxious about things that happened and those that will. Meditation helps you create new thought patterns that save you from obsessing over potentially harmful outcomes and recognize things what they are. Once you train your brain to be less anxious, you quickly let go.
Meditation Balances Brain Chemicals
To this day, the exact reasons for anxiety aren’t clearly defined. Risk factors include emotional trauma, primary personality type, and even your genes. Mostly, if you are usually feeling anxious, your neurotransmitters may be out of balance. Medication helps restore that balance to help you feel more focused, relaxed and creative. Furthermore, the level of GABA increases with regular meditation, which is an essential neurotransmitter for your feelings of relaxation and happiness. Meditation lifts your mood by increasing levels of serotonin and reducing stress hormone cortisol, one of the primary causes of depression, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and memory loss.
Meditation Builds a Healthier Brain
Studies show that people who meditate have more prominent, healthier brains; their gray matter increases as well as the volume of the hippocampus, and the thickness of the cortex. More importantly, the area of the brain region associated with stress, fear, anxiety, and stress, becomes less reactive, leading to a much better stress-free life.
Meditation is a fantastic way to help you deal with immediate stress as well as any potential situations you may face in the future. Try it, and save yourself countless nerve-wracking experiences.
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