• The Benefits of Meditating on a Daily Basis

    by Caroline Ryther
    on Aug 13th, 2018

How many times have you found yourself at work, unable to focus and be productive? How many times have you been under unnecessary stress and done yourself more harm than anything else? The answer is probably: too many times to count.

Given the fact that we can’t control our environment and actions of the people around us, a lot of us are constantly under pressure and stressed out. Anxiety, stress, chronic stress, burnout at work, and insomnia are just some of the issues we deal with on a daily basis, turning to doctors and often medication to help us out. However, a lot of times you’ll hear that in addition to therapy and prescriptions, you need to learn how to work on yourself, on your own.

Working on yourself includes leading a more healthy lifestyle, changing your dietary habits, exercising whenever you can, and practicing mindfulness by meditating.

Now, here’s where a large number of people will say: “Meditation? Isn’t that just for Buddhists? How can I do it?” It’s true that meditation has roots in Buddhism, but in the last decade it has gained such a momentum, that people of all backgrounds and beliefs have started practicing it in order to deal with everyday stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems.

If you’re unsure as to why you should start meditating on a daily basis, take a look at the benefits listed below to get an idea of what honing this skill could do for you in the long run. And before you say that you don’t have the time, remember that meditation doesn’t have to take more than 5-10 minutes of your day!

Increases Your Self-awareness

Developing self-awareness and connecting with ourselves in the busy world we live in is not an easy task. Everyday life and the constant commotion it brings simply gets in the way, and we don’t have enough time to focus on ourselves. Meditation helps us put away life’s distractions for a short while and allows us to focus in the moment we’re in. It leaves us calm and at peace with ourselves, by “making” us tap into our subconscious minds.

Improves Focus and Concentration

As much as our laptops, phones, tablets, e-readers, and other digital can make us more productive, they can also make it harder for us to focus, distract us, and lose our ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. This is one of the main reasons why a lot of people take up meditation—so that they can learn to manage being part of the modern working world and effective at the same time.

Helps You Fight Stress and Anxiety

Some time ago, the University of Wisconsin did some research on meditation and proved that it actually has physiological effects on the brain. What they found was that if we practice meditation consistently, the the part of the brain that manages anxiety and stress ultimately shrinks. People who meditate are able to focus on moment-by-moment experiences, teaching their mind to remain calm, even in stressful situations. They are also less likely to experience anxiety due to uncertainty about the future.

Helps with Insomnia

It has been proven that those who meditate on a regular basis tend to sleep a lot better than people who don’t. How is that possible? Well, while meditating, you have to focus solely on your breathing, and stop thinking about both your past and future. The goal is to focus only on the present and nothing but it. Once you let go of the past and future, relax your mind and body, you will be in a better state for a good night sleep.

Makes You Overall Happier

Although it may sound too good to be true, people who practice meditation do lead happier lives than those who don’t, because meditation can help us focus on more constructive thoughts and positive emotions. Scientific facts back this claim up: while observing a group of Buddhist monks meditate, researchers have found that during meditation, the pre-frontal cortex of their brains—the one that’s in charge of our happiness—was extra active.


Are you suffering from anxiety disorder or depression? Do you need help battling your insomnia? Dr. Best and his team of experts at the Neuroscience Center are here to help you with any problems that you might have regarding your physical or mental health.

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Author Caroline Ryther

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