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Stress is one of the main sources of mental and physical wear and tear. Unfortunately, it is often considered an inevitable part of many people’s daily lives.

If you realize that stress makes you feel tense, worried or anxious, meditation is a great way to restore calm and inner peace. Through meditation, you can take charge of your own emotions.

Studies have shown an increased ability to regulate emotions in the brain among people who meditate as compared to those who don’t. Meditation is also a good practice for preventing stress so that when you’re faced with adverse situations, you don’t let them get out of control.

Improved Concentration

Meditation helps to keep one more focused and centered on everything they do. With a less distracted mind, you can enjoy increased abilities such as better memory and mental focus. The increased energy that comes from meditation boosts concentration levels.

Frequent meditators as well as people who have recently adopted the practice report that meditation gives them clarity and helps them to collect their thoughts better.

A recent study published in the journal of Psychological science shows that intensive meditation can help people concentrate, even during the most boring of tasks.

Increased Self-Awareness

In our current technologically advanced and fast-paced world, we are constantly bombarded with stimuli and there seems to be no time to be still. As a result, self-awareness is in short supply.

Well, meditation provides the perfect solution by creating an opportunity for silence and self-reflection.

By practicing meditation, we can reconnect with our true selves while quieting the noisy, overstimulated and distracted world.

Increased Happiness

There are many scientific studies showing that meditation can make us happier by rewiring our brains. According to psychologists, we all have individual capacities for joy.

So, meditation works by reconfiguring our capacity to be happy. Even better, is that it lasts and you can keep the glow going for as long as you want.

Improved Health

By helping us to be less stressed in the first place, meditation can work wonders in improving one’s physical and mental health.

Moreover, multiple studies demonstrate the benefits of meditation for cardiovascular health.

It has been shown to improve type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Meditation is also believed to help people with insomnia get better sleep. There’s also evidence that meditation can help with addictions.

By strengthening your self-control and reducing stress, meditation can help you detach from the craving sensation.

Meditation can be as simple as taking a few breaths for about two minutes a day or closing your eyes. While there’s debate on how long you need to meditate to realize the benefits, any amount of meditation will do you good.

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Dr Taryn DeCicco ND, LAc, LDN of Apple A Day Clinic in Arlington Heights, IL has been practicing Naturopathy and Acupuncture, specializing in acne, skin, and digestive disorders for over 16 years.