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Meditation has become one of the most popular ways to eliminate stress on the planet and with good reason. Few methods are as powerful and easy to add to your daily routine. While it takes years to fully master a meditative technique, the benefits of trying are immediate and powerful for most people. In fact, the health benefits of meditation are quite incredible when you consider it is natural, free to do and can be accomplished pretty much anywhere on the planet with some practice.
Here are some impressive health benefits of meditation:
Lower Blood Pressure
For people with stress induced blood pressure problems, meditation can be a life saver. Because meditation forces you to slow your thinking, your breathing and your negative thoughts, it is logical that it would have a profound effect on your blood pressure when you calm yourself down.
For people suffering from depression, meditation can allow them to find a healthy escape. When you meditate, you often find yourself in another state of mind entirely. It also helps to release serotonin in the brain, giving the individual a powerful boost in mood.
Elicit the Relaxation Response
This powerful feeling is the goal of many people that practice meditation. The relaxation response leaves you feeling completely relaxed, rested and ready for anything that comes your way. Some folks have referred to it as a “better feeling than can be found with a pill” and I would agree. The natural high from finding that happy place is better than anything.
Boost Your Immune System
Your immune system is proven to work better when your stress levels are down. That said, few things can improve your stress levels more powerfully than meditation. What is more, meditation has no nasty side effects or dangers to worry about.
Slow Your Breathing
Hyperventilation is a common problem with people that are suffering from stress. From panic attacks to stressful situations, these things can cause you to hyperventilate. Meditation can bring you right back to normal breathing patterns when this happening.
Finally, for those with chronic anxiety, meditation can literally save their lives. Anxiety disorder, panic attacks and various other conditions can harm their quality of life. Meditation is one of the few things powerful enough to make a difference in a natural way. The other options tend to involve drugs that have nasty side effects. Why not go with something you can do anytime with no dangers?