How can breathing and relaxation help cure everyday ailments? Cosmo tells you all about the benefits of meditation and teaches you how to meditate to feel healthier!
Meditation helps reduce stress and anxiety
The sources of stress that surround us are unfortunately very numerous …
But the psychological and physical suffering generated by anxiety can be controlled through meditation.
Let me explain:
When we are stressed, negative thoughts invade us. Following a vicious circle pattern, we rewarm them, ruminate them, which only increases their anxiety-provoking power.
But when you step back, you realize that situations are often less dramatic than you imagine.
This awareness is made when we decide to see things with more detachment.
To achieve this, meditation remains the best solution.
The right exercise to do in this case is deep work on one’s breathing.
Sit in the position that works best for you and focus on the air you breathe in and out.
With each exhalation, imagine that stress escapes from your body.
Repeat this until you feel ready to open your eyes again.
Meditate to sleep better
Many of us suffer from insomnia. Once in bed, it was impossible to dive into Morphée’s arms.
We think of a lot of things seen and/or experienced during the day, our mind is in turmoil instead of disconnecting to rest.
So before you think about taking sleeping pills (and all the addiction they can cause), what if you were to meditate?
First, you have to create an environment conducive to falling asleep. Do not do any activity that could stimulate you before sleeping (television, sports, etc.) and do not eat anything within three hours of falling asleep.
To sleep, it is important to clear your head and dispel the stress accumulated during the day.
Lie down in bed and review each part of your body, each joint, each muscle.
Think only of your body, listen to your breath, in short, what is happening in you.
This exercise will allow you to relax deeply, to chase whatever thoughts are out of your mind, and to fall asleep little by little.
Meditation improves memory and concentration
The mindfulness meditation is practiced by Buddhist forever.
What is it?
Simply consider that the mind is a muscle and that, as with any muscle, train it daily.
Thus, meditating would allow the mind to focus on the present moment by obscuring everything else and thus prevent the mind from moving from one idea to another.
Mindfulness meditation helps us keep our attention focused on a specific task or idea.
“To increase memory and concentration, ten minutes of daily meditation is enough. We do this ideally when we wake up on an empty stomach, for example by following free guided meditation available on the web, ”explains Charlotte Nansot, Coach Yoga and Meditation.
Meditate to preserve your cardiovascular health
Meditation is such a beneficial health practice that it is offered at most American universities.
It was at Harvard that the first links between meditation and hypertension were established.
In fact, according to studies carried out in the university, there has been a significant reduction in blood pressure following meditation sessions.
And since then, research has only validated this thesis.
Cardiovascular disease decreases considerably following the practice of meditation.
To preserve your heart, Alexia Vartanian offers an exercise that combines relaxation, breathing, postures, and mental visualizations.
– Wear a comfortable outfit in which you feel comfortable,
– Choose a calm environment, but know that after several years of training, it is even possible to meditate in the metro with lots of people around you,
– Sit and close your eyes,
– Alternate calm, deep breaths and focus on inspiration and expiration,
– Visualize a calm and peaceful landscape, where you feel safe,
– Think of a problem and dismiss the problem outside of your “bubble”, say goodbye, visualize the problem leaving you and freeing you.
– In case of pain, focus on this part of the body and internally repeat that everything is fine.
Can meditation strengthen the immune system?
As Stéphanie Samuelian, coach and trainer at Vision Humaine explain, “ stress, anxiety and unmanaged emotions throughout the day have the power to reduce our ability to cope with adversity.
Thus, the body and our organs, in particular, accumulate toxins which, ultimately, cause internal stagnation.
These emotional stagnations come to foul our system which produces physical disorders going from the simple cold to more complicated pathologies.
But rest assured, all is not lost!
Breathing in awareness and relaxing allowing you to focus on yourself which pauses our life, a bit like when your computer goes to sleep. It needs a reboot to work better.
Taking the time even a few minutes to focus on your own breath allows you to get out of everyday life and find the inner strength to continue the day in peace. ”