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How Meditation Can Improve Your Mental Health

What is meditation?

Meditation is the practice of focusing one's mind for a period of time and not engaging with thoughts. It is a method of relaxation and a form of additional treatment for the mind and body. During meditation, you focus your attention and free your mind of cluttered ideas that may overwhelm your thoughts and produce tension.

Common types of meditation are:

What happens to your brain when you meditate?

Meditation has the power to alter the structure and functioning of the brain. It has an immediate impact on muscular control and sensory perception, which includes emotions, recollection, language, vision, hearing, and judgement. Meditation can also aid in the relaxation of your sympathetic nerves, the nervous system responsible for the body's "fight-or-flight" response.

Mental health benefits of meditation

When it comes to mental strength, science backs the positive effects of meditation. According to one research study, 30 days of Headspace meditation resulted in an 11% boost in mental resilience. Another study found that utilising Headspace for 30 days lowered stress by one-third.

How to meditate

No such thing as perfect mediation exists. It is not an exact science and can take numerous shapes and forms. It might be as simple as deep breathing or as complicated as chanting a mantra.

It's normal for your thoughts to wander and become distracted from time to time. The most essential thing is to stay focused and not give up. Meditation is something everyone can do! Follow these three steps and give it a go:

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