What are the benefits of meditation?

Today, the team at Love Leggings are celebrating World Meditation Day, a practice helping to promote mindfulness, calm and offer a solution to forget the stresses of day to day life.

Meditation has grown exponentially in recent years, with many people of a variety of ages using the method to help them cope with anxiety and other mental health related conditions, alongside also being of great benefit to more physical problems, including chronic pain.

As today, 21st May, is World Meditation Day, we thought we’d bring to light the benefits that daily meditation can bring – as even just spending 5 minutes of your day meditating has been said to have a positive effect on many aspects of your life, including work, relationships, sleep and of course, health.

So, you may be thinking, how does something as simple as breathing deeply and relaxing have so many positive impacts on your body and life? Well, according to mindfulness app, Headspace, they suggest that meditation can build up areas of the brain and rewire it to “enhance positive traits like focus and decision making and diminish the less positive ones like fear and stress”. This means that meditation can actually help to change your brain chemistry for the better and do so in a way that has a long-lasting impact on your life.

Mediation doesn’t even have to cost a penny, although there are classes and meditation courses held by professionals across the country, as there are online resources and apps that are readily available to help aid your journey to mindfulness. 

If you're thinking, 'I don't have anxiety, so will it have any benefit for me?' well then the answer is yes! We all in some form and at different levels experience symptoms of anxiety, it's a natural state of mind, so choosing to take part in regular mindfulness techniques and focus attention on this will really help to benefit your mental wellbeing for the long term. 

In today’s world, focusing on your mental health and wellbeing is vital in making sure you can cope with the daily stresses and struggles that life throw at us, so we’d love to know, have you tried Mediation? Would you recommend it, and if so, how has it benefitted your life?

If you want to try out Mediation, here’s a link to the Headspace app, offering a free lite version to see if the mindfulness technique can work for you.