Meditation is the act of focusing your body, mind, and emotion on the present moment by being still and focusing your attention on your breath, a guided meditation, music, or a helpful phrase or mantra. No matter how you choose to meditate, there are important benefits to making meditation a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Meditation has been shown to help:
- reduce depression and anxiety
- lower blood pressure
- support memory and focus
- reduce the perception of pain, especially chronic pain
- improve sleep
- increase creativity and problem-solving
- support other addiction treatments
Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time. Try adding five minutes of meditation to your day. Find a quiet spot, get in a comfortable position and focus on the present: how your body feels, your breathing, the sounds you hear, etc. If your mind wanders, that’s fine! Just gently bring it back to the present.