In today’s go-go-go world and the frenetic pace that accompanies it, is it any wonder so many of us seem to be at our wit’s end? If you’re of those people who have found yourself stressed out, emotional, distracted, irritable, or overtired (or even all of the above), have you ever considered trying meditation or mindfulness as a form of relief? Meditation benefits are well documented through both years of scientific research and an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence from long-time practitioners. While some may wave it off as nothing more than a bogus waste of time or money, many others have redesigned their entire lifestyle in an effort to reap even more from practicing it.

Meditation Benefits You May Not Know About

While the familiar image of someone mediating is sitting quietly on the floor with legs crossed, eyes closed, and hands resting in the lap (known as Zen), keep in mind that there are hundreds of different meditation techniques. One of more recently popularized styles is known as Mindfulness. Psychology Today defines mindfulness as “a state of active, open attention on the present. When you're mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.”

Practicing mindfulness is said to

• decrease depression

• reduce stress and anxiety

• reduce panic disorder symptoms

• improve focus

• improve decision-making

• help reduce risk of asthma and arthritis

These are just a few, as the list of meditation benefits actually goes on and on, ranging from ADHD relief to easing symptoms of menopause. All over the world, young and old alike are benefitting from taking some time out of their day to sit quietly and practice mindfulness. If you’re seemingly always feeling frazzled and out of sorts, perhaps some meditation might be just what you’re looking for?