7 benefits of meditation for your mental health

As pandemic continues to affect our mental health, more and more people are embracing the ancient practice of meditation to

Published on Feb 21, 2022 05:27 PM IST 8 Photos

In stressful times of pandemic, meditation has emerged as the mental workout of sorts that can keep stress, anxiety and worries at bay. More and more people are embracing the ancient practice to manage mental health. Even a few minutes of meditation can help us reset, release stress and feel inner calm. Here are some science-backed benefits of meditation as explained by Dhruv Patel and Dr. Batul Patel (Founder – Ruhgu).(Pixabay)

Meditation can help reduce stress: It is easy to get overwhelmed by stress as boundaries between home, workplace and educational institutions blur. Good thing is that a few minutes of meditation can help you tackle stress effectively. In an eight-week study, researchers found that meditation can reduce inflammation caused by stress, proving that meditation does have a positive effect on stress.(Pixabay)

Meditation can help with anxiety: We unknowingly accumulate unhealthy levels of stress that plays havoc with our mental health subsequently. Meditation can reduce stress levels, which means less anxiety. Researchers found that meditation has helped patients with chronic anxiety reduce their levels in just two weeks.(Pixabay)

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Meditation helps you tackle loneliness: People grew distant physically as well as emotionally in pandemic times. Loneliness can be difficult to handle for people. There aren’t many studies that look at the correlation between meditation and loneliness. However, researchers have attempted to gauge this connection in healthcare workers due to their increased social isolation during the pandemic. They found that there was an improvement in loneliness among those who meditated.(Pixabay)

Meditation helps you deal with death and loss: Dealing with the loss of someone close to you can take a toll on your mental health, leading to depression. Researchers conducted a study to gauge the effect of mindfulness on bereaved individuals’ cognition. In eight weeks, they found a significant improvement in both executive control and emotion regulation in bereaved individuals.(Pexels)

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