Meditation is one of the most important self-care practices you can make time for in your day. It may seem like a lot to try and fit in, but I’m here to tell you that it’s worth it! Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and strengthen the immune system. If this resonates with you at all then keep reading.
Why Self Reflection and Meditation?
Self-Reflection Increases Your Overall Wellbeing and Happiness
Self-reflection can help you give you a better understanding of your personality, which in turn will lead to increased overall wellbeing and happiness. Did you know that meditation can improve anxiety level almost 60% of the time? That’s huge! This is likely because when we are self-reflecting and it allows us the opportunity to uncover what triggers our stress or anxious feelings so that we may avoid them in the future. It also means that if there is an aspect of ourselves that causes us feelings of unease then through this practice we gain clarity on why and how we might want to work on these aspects.
Meditation Helps Us Be More Mindful Of Our Thoughts (and Actions)
Meditation allows us to become more mindful, which can help us better understand why we feel the way that we do and lead to healthier decision making as a whole. Let’s say you know what might cause feelings of stress for yourself but it still manages to sneak up on you from time to time, meditation is an excellent tool because it gives us the awareness so that when this happens we may be able avoid those negative thoughts or emotions if they arise before they overtake our entire day (or even worse spiral into something bigger).
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Benefits of Meditation
Let’s take a look at some benefits of meditation
Reduces the Stress Levels
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and strengthen the immune system. If this resonates with you at all then keep reading.
Improves the Quality of Your Sleep
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, and strengthen the immune system. If this resonates with you at all then keep reading. It can also help those who have trouble sleeping as it’s been shown to improve sleep quality by almost 50%.
Decreases Stress and Anxiety
Meditation can help you learn how to better manage your emotions by giving yourself a break from overthinking everything in your life that may cause feelings of unease or worry. It’s also an excellent way for us to be more present with ourselves which is why it helps with self-control and regulation. Meditation gives us space between our thoughts so we are able to see them clearly without making decisions driven purely by unchecked emotion (which often leads us down a path filled with regret). In addition when we take time each day just for ourselves it allows us some much needed “me” time which is a great way to promote feelings of happiness and overall wellbeing.
Decreases Inflammation in Our Body
The wisdom traditions have always taught us how important it is not only what we do but also what we don’t do because this too makes all the difference on our spiritual path. By practicing meditation each day you are strengthening your ability for self-control which can lead towards healthier decision making around positive lifestyle choices such as healthy eating habits or exercise routines that contribute towards building a stronger physical foundation from within so when life’s curve balls show up we are able to come back better and stronger each time.
Improves Your Focus and Concentration
Meditation has been shown to improve focus and concentration. If you’re someone who finds themselves easily distracted or looking for ways that can help support your ability to concentrate on the task at hand then meditation is an excellent resource. Meditation allows our mind’s awareness to become more attuned which means we are better able to maintain greater control over what it is we want our minds attention towards (which often times was where our thoughts ran wild after leaving us feeling scattered).
It Is Always Important To Make Time for Meditation
Although it’s true that we all have the same 24 hours in a day, what varies is how we choose to use them. In order for us to live our best lives and be able to enjoy each moment of our precious time here on earth with those who matter most then meditation is an essential tool because it helps us slowdown from being so caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life which allows space for self-reflection (which can often times be difficult when we are always busy doing).B