The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has ravaged through this country causing a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty. We have all been left in a collective state of shock trying to figure it all out. Most people are self-quarantining and practicing social distancing for good reason, mitigating the spread of the virus. As a result, it has left many in it's wake feeling isolated. And some have lost loved one's to this virus.
With all of this uncertainty, loss, trauma, isolation, and uncertainty, we have to find ways to cope. One of the way's to deal with all of the stress associated with this pandemic is through Mindfulness Meditation. Practicing this timeless meditation regularly can lower stress, boost mood, and help you be more in the present moment. Feel free to check out my free downloaded phone app. Mind Wellness in the apple store under Mind Wellness Mike Samar. Or you can simply go to the app. page on my website (www.mindwellness.health/app) and click on the link and it will take you straight to the app. There are several guided meditations there for your listening pleasure.
The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation for Health and Well-Being
If you have come across the term ‘mindfulness meditation,’ you may have wondered how it can help you. Here, I am going to talk about how meditation can improve your health and well-being to enhance your overall wellness.
What is meditation? A set of practices that allow you to achieve greater focus and mindfulness. The outcome of this is lowered stress and anxiety, which creates a calmer state of mind. Often, three things are involved in meditation: breathing, keeping the mind quiet, and focusing exclusively on one thing, such as a sound, phrase, or image. Typically, there are four elements that comprise mindfulness meditation.
The first element is an isolated location where there is no disturbance of any sort. The second element is the position in which the meditation is performed, i.e., walking, sitting, lying down, or kneeling. The third element is focused attention. This is needed to help free the mind from distractions that lead to worry and stress. The fourth and final element is an open attitude. This is basically allowing external distractions, physical sensations, and thoughts to enter and exit naturally without any judgment or the desire to control them.
So why do people meditate? Research shows that practicing meditation allows us to improve working memory, focus better, feel more connected and balanced, relieve stress, sleep better, and alleviate feelings of depression and anxiety.
There is some evidence that it can also help reduce irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, lower risk of heart disease, lower high blood pressure, support the immune system, and reduce inflammation.
Below are some ways meditation improves your health and well-being, including helping you address the most dangerous epidemic out there.
- Relieve Stress: One of the ways meditation may help your heart is by relieving stress. The natural alarm system of your body, stress causes an increase in your heart rate and breathing, which increases your blood pressure. While this flight response can be useful when faced with real danger, it can cause your health to deteriorate if it lasts for too long. One consequence of this is depression. Meditation provides a method for handling stress in a healthier way.
- Improve Mental and Emotion Health: You can improve your mental and emotional health with mindfulness meditation. Meditation attunes you with your feelings, which ensures that you are not overwhelmed by them. Counseling focused on ensuring the wellness of the mind will make this more likely. Research suggests that meditation has a positive impact on the brain, such as slowing the aging effects on the brain, improving sleep issues, controlling how you respond to pain and stress, and increase your ability to process information.
- Improve Cognitive Ability: Mindfulness meditation can also enhance your cognitive ability by improving things such as your working memory, attention, emotional regulation, and focus. While more research may be needed to provide conclusive evidence, early investigation shows that meditation has a positive effect on the mental health and well-being of the person practicing it.
You Can Achieve Just About Anything with Mindfulness
The best part about mindfulness meditation is that it doesn’t cost a thing. There is a widespread belief that with a calm mind and mindfulness, which is doing things meditatively, just about anything can be achieved.
If you’re not sure where to begin, start researching the types of meditation that interest you. Search for meditation groups or classes in your area or get counseling for mental wellness. Try some of the different types of mindful meditation practices to find what works best for you.
On a parting note, I will say that meditation can help you overcome many health conditions or the physical pain associated with them. However, you must keep in mind that meditation is not an alternative to a healthy lifestyle. It is also not a substitute for the existing medications or medical treatments available for your condition. Nevertheless, as seen above, there are many reasons to practice mindfulness meditation.
You can discover how mindfulness and meditation can be part of a healthy lifestyle from a highly trained and trustworthy counselor having experience of mindfulness meditation.