Meditation sometimes gets a bad rap as a somewhat odd thing that only people looking to reach some sort of transcendence practice, but the truth is that meditation has some great health benefits that are being recognized by highly-trained medical practitioners. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health.”
One of the great things about meditation is that anyone can do it—and they can do it anywhere. Meditation doesn’t require any specialized equipment, it doesn’t cost anything, and it’s easy. Meditation is simply the practice of focusing your attention and shutting out all other thoughts so that you feel relaxed. People all over the world practice meditation and have been doing so for thousands of years. It’s a great practice for anyone who needs to reduce stress, so it may be especially beneficial for family caregivers who are feeling a little burned out or overwhelmed by their responsibilities.
Meditation requires you to shut off the flow of information to your brain, such as worries about work, family life, and your responsibilities as a caregiver. When you shut out your worries and relax for a while, it helps you to reduce stress. Meditation may also help you to:
- Be more patient and less likely to be irritated.
- See a stressful situation in a new way.
- Be more creative and imaginative.
- Become more self-aware.
- Get rid of negative feelings.
- Focus on the here and now.
Scientists are researching the effects of meditation, and while some believe it is still too early to make conclusions, there is evidence to suggest that meditation has the following health benefits:
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Improves the immune system.
- Helps manage symptoms of certain conditions, including asthma, cancer, anxiety, chronic pain, heart condition, etc.
Learning to Meditate
There are many different ways to meditate. Some people choose a focal point to stare at, such as a flickering candle or an item that bears meaning to them. Other methods of meditation including chanting a mantra or utilizing breathing techniques. You may not find the right technique for you the first time you try meditation, but keep trying until something works. You can find lots of information and instructions online, including video guided meditations. Check out your local community center, college, yoga studio, or HMO for classes. Or, if you know someone who meditates, tell them you’re interested in learning. They may be able to teach you or direct you to some good resources.
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