International Yoga Day: Celebrating The Mental Health Benefits Of Meditation

By Wild Ginger

International Yoga Day: Celebrating The Mental Health Benefits Of Meditation

June 23rd, 2022 at 5:11 am

How to achieve a healthy mindset

 

Sometimes the weight of life becomes destructive to our mental health. Our minds get foggy from the overwhelming information – making it difficult to find stillness and serenity. Hence, it’s important to unwind and let go.

 

Studies have proven meditation as an effective method to improve mental health issues as it encourages relaxation and leads to mental relief.

 

But what is meditation, really?

 

When it comes to taking care of the body, mentally and physically, yoga and meditation go hand in hand. A branch of yoga, meditation, is the practice of achieving tranquillity and mindfulness as well as perspective, and even extends into our daily lives.

 

If you want to practise being mindful, you should direct your attention to the now, rather than dwelling on the past or even the future. Technically, being “in the moment” becomes an integral feature when it comes to meditation.

 

As serious as it may appear, meditation is not nearly as intimidating as it is thought out to be. At the end of the day, it all comes down to having a healthy mindset and here’s why:

 

Importance Of A Healthy Mindset

With a healthy outlook:

  • Your worries will not appear larger than they are – instead, they seem more manageable.
  • Your focus will be on searching for solutions and avoiding ones that add to your mental tension.
  • You can find ways to grow beyond your thoughts and / or simply treat them as passing states before they become overbearing.
  • You can remove the overwhelm that comes from dealing with uncertainty by setting clear priorities and goals.

 

Coming full circle, here are some mental health benefits that meditation has to offer:

Promotes Better Sleep Quality 

When you regularly incorporate meditation into your routine, its benefits continue even when you’re done meditating. It helps your body relax and release tension. As you train your mind to focus on every deep breath, the stream of jumbled thoughts simply floats away.

 

Relieves Stress 

At times, living stress-free seems out of reach, but meditation can clear your mind from information buildup. When you meditate, it gives clarity, allowing you to gain new perspectives on stressful situations. What once was a stress-provoking situation, is now just another thing to pass.

 

Regulates Negative Emotions

Meditation gives you a moment to be more mindful of your emotions. Instead of ruminating, it distracts you from excessive focus on intrusive thoughts. It makes you more attune to present experiences and flourish through even the inescapable hardships of life.

 

Reduces Anxiety

Spending even a few minutes to meditate can help you stay centred – leaving you in a state of relaxation and with a tranquil mind. When you feel anxious or tense, it can restore your peace and keep you calm throughout the day. Deep breathing encourages you to focus less on anxiety-provoking situations and more on the moment.

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