From boosting creativity to making you an optimist, here are the benefits of meditation

Updated on:22 December 2019, 14:40pm IST
There's hardly anybody who doesn't sing songs about the benefits of meditation. But what does meditation do exactly? Read this to find out.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Meditation just for five minutes daily can help you reap its benefits. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

You must have read a lot about the benefits of meditation, but did you know that meditation and creativity go hand in hand? Well, it’s a proven fact!

A study published in the journal Mindfulness supports the belief that meditation can have a long-lasting influence on human cognition, including how we conceive new ideas.

Irrespective of the scientific data to support its benefits, meditation has become the “it thing!”. From celebs and motivational speakers– everyone is going gaga about it.

Also read: Throw out the incense & stop the chanting. Here’s what you really need to do to meditate

But what makes meditation so lit?

Well, apart from enhancing your “grey cells”, it also:

1. Relieves stress
Stress reduction is one of the basic benefits that you can reap with meditation. The idea of the technique is to relax, which helps you to calm down and compose yourself. Not to mention, simple techniques like deep breathing can be helpful by increasing the oxygen level in your body.

2. Controls angst
Job-related anxiety is quite common these days. We all face them! But if you panic easily, control your anxiety by meditating daily in the morning. Just close your eyes and try to calm your mind, focusing on your breathing. We guarantee you’ll feel much better afterward.

benefits of meditation
Be it your emotional health that needs rescuing or physical health that needs a boost, meditation can help!

3. Boosts physical health
By increasing immunity, decreasing pain, and inflammation at the cellular level–meditation can give a major boost to your health. In fact, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension found that mindfulness meditation lowers blood pressure, reduces depressive symptoms, and makes you more accepting and less judgmental.

4. Helps you be more optimistic
In this rat race called life, happiness and optimism seem like a far-fetched dream. But meditation has that covered too. It’s been proven that regular meditation can help you regulate your thoughts.

5. Helps you be a multi-tasker
Just meditate and be a master of all. Studies have shown that practicing meditation can improve productivity. You can think better, can multitask, and as research suggests be more creative.

Now that you know, what are you waiting for? There is no time like the present to meditate!

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.