Can you believe that the number of people doing meditation has tripled over the past couple of years?
At the same time, sales of books about mindfulness and meditation are booming, according to the Guardian.
But, who are the people behind the growth in meditation?
You’re probably thinking – surely, it’s people who have too much time on their hands. How can busy people find time to sit down and do nothing on a daily basis?
You may be surprised to hear that meditation is no longer a hippie subculture.
Keep reading to discover the top 10 benefits of meditation for busy people. Let’s go!
1. Improve Your Self-Control
Regular distraction is one of the biggest problems in the modern world. There are always other things happening around us. We’re constantly near to our smartphones and computers.
What’s the problem? It’s a matter of self-control.
This study published in 2012 in the journal ‘Consciousness and Cognition’ shows that meditation can improve your self-control.
You don’t want to emotionally respond to things around you. You need to respond with calmness and self-control.
Enhancing your self-control improves your ability to make decisions in tense circumstances.
Because you’re calmer and restrained all the time, you may also experience improvements to your relationships with people around you.
2. Relieve Stress
We’re a ‘stressed nation’ according to research published this year.
Nearly three-quarters of people in the UK claim to ‘overwhelmed or unable to cope‘ in the last year.
What makes us feel stressed?
It’s not that we’re overworked. It’s not that our relationships are difficult.
When you experience stress, the hormone called cortisol is being released into your body. The more you’re stressed, the more cortisol is released.
The consequences of high levels of cortisol are a range of other health problems.
According to this study from 2013, the method of meditation has been shown to decrease the cortisol released into the body. This relaxes the mind and relieves stress.
In addition to other treatments for stress and weight loss, meditation has also been linked with lowering of blood pressure.
3. Improve Memory
Busy people commonly find that they forget things all the time. We know that people with hectic lives are more likely to forget little things.
Guess what? The average person forgets 1,460 things each year, according to research.
If you struggle with your memory sometimes, you may discover that meditation could help you stop forgetting things.
Researchers at the University of California conducted tests on students in regard to memory and mediation, according to the Atlantic.
They discovered that students who underwent mindful meditation training over a two-week period improved performance compared with students who didn’t.
If you’re worried about memory loss, finding the time for short meditation sessions on a regular basis could result in significant improvements.
4. Better Sleeping Patterns
The World Health Organization says you should be getting 8 hours of sleep per night. And yet, two-thirds of people are getting significantly less than the recommended amount.
Lack of sleep has been associated with a number of health conditions, such as damaged immune system and cancer.
When you’re living a busy and hectic lifestyle, it’s not easy to make sure you regularly get a good night’s sleep.
If you suffer from insomnia, meditation has been demonstrated to help you to overcome your sleeping problems.
However, meditation has not only been connected with improved sleeping patterns. According to research, meditation could also improve the quality of sleep.
Thus, leaving you better rested for your busy day ahead.
5. Overcome Depression
According to studies, British people report some of the highest levels of depression in the developed world.
Experts say that some people are simply depressed because they’re too busy. Are you too busy to take care of your mental health?
If you’re struggling with depression and anxiety, you’ve probably already been prescribed anti-depressants by your doctor.
However, did you know that research suggests that meditation therapy has been shown to be as effective as anti-depressants?
By enhancing your self-control, awareness of your body and improved concentration, you could overcome your depression and anxiety.
6. Strengthen Your Immune System
We already know that stress can damage your immune system. This means you’re vulnerable to catching diseases and viruses.
So, what if your body is not weakened by the stress and overworking?
You’ll be more resilient!
By meditating regularly, you can also ward off colds and infections. However, even if you do catch a cold, then you’ll overcome it quicker because of your mindful meditation.
If you’re a busy person, it’s a disaster when you’re sick. You have to stay at home in bed and recover.
You could save yourself a number of sick days by meditation each day for just ten minutes.
7. Weight Loss
The UK is the most overweight country in Western Europe, according to the OECD.
Obesity has been linked to increased risk of heart disease and cancer among a number of other health conditions and illnesses.
Research shows that people suffering from chronic stress have poor eating habits. Therefore, there is a link between being stressed and overweight.
If you’re struggling with your weight at the moment, you could find that meditation could help you.
By lowering your levels of stress and lack of self-control, you could find the determination in yourself to reduce your consumption of fattening foods.
Although meditation is not the only solution to weight loss. Combined with a healthy diet and physical activity, you could see significant improvements in just a few days.
8. Improve Tolerance of Pain
Do you need to be able to deal with emotional and physical pain and challenges in your working life?
You may be surprised to discover that studies show that meditation could help you with this.
According to research in neuroscience, people who meditated experienced a high pain threshold than those who didn’t when exposed to unpleasant and painful stimulation.
Additionally, when you experience pain, meditation can support and speed up your recovery from the suffering.
This shows that regular meditation makes you stronger and more resilient person. You’re better prepared to deal with whatever life throws at you.
9. Enhance Creativity
What is the biggest obstacle to creativity?
You guessed it – it’s being too busy!
According to the author of the Happiness Track, creativity and innovation emerge from a state of relaxation and calm.
It’s not easy to switch from your busy morning of meetings etc. to the moments in the day when you need to be creative.
Well, why not try a little meditation before putting your creative hat on?
Meditation helps you to let thoughts race come and go to your mind. By clearing your mind from all the worries and concerns you have going on, you can focus on being creative.
Furthermore, research shows that regular meditation increases the activity in your neocortex. This is the part of the brain where your imagination and creativity takes place.
10. Happy Living
According to the philosopher Kierkegaard, busyness is a sign of an unhappy person. We don’t think this needs to be true.
Just because you lead a busy life, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a right to be happy. You need to discover ways to be happy and be busy at the same time.
Meditation improves your ability to manage your negative emotions while emphasising your positive ones.
There are numerous different types of meditation. Check out this blog post to determine which is the right style of meditation for you.
The science is clear. By doing meditation, you’re improving your capacity for happiness and satisfaction in life.
The Benefits of Meditation for You
We used to associate meditation with people who spend hours and hours during the day doing mindfulness. How could I possibly have time for meditation myself?
After reading this blog post, we hope you realise that you don’t need to make a huge commitment to take advantage of the benefits of meditation.
Just after you wake up in the morning, during your lunch break or before going to bed in the evening. There are many different times during the day when you could find the time to put your mind first.
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