Meditation and Mental Health
Posted on December 09 2016
Meditation has been gaining significance since the 19th century across the globe. Be it because of the peace it creates or because it is associated with mysticism, recent scientific studies are showing a heightened version of cultivated consciousness can be achieved by meditation with great impact on humans. Not only that, but meditation can also increase the resilience levels, the functionality of the body and metabolism.
According to pharmaceutical and pharmacological companies, it is stated that meditation should be included in the preventative and effective treatment of mental disorders so that the amount of medicines given to a mentally ill person can be reduced. It can be used as an extensive tool to balance the emotions, regulate the mood and reduce the stress levels. Here are five ways in which meditation can better overall health:
The mudra of meditation is known for reflecting emotional balance among meditators. If a person is suffering from a medical disorder, he/she can be given the suitable medicines and with right type of meditation, their mindfulness enhances along with their well-being. This is because of the capability of reducing the mind-based stress through cognitive therapy. Therefore, a person with disorders, be it stress/mood/anxiety or any other kind such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Bulimia Nervosa, can be hugely benefited by meditating.
It is reported that the metabolism of a person who meditates can increase by 60% and their temperature by 8%. When people are warm, they tend to be healthier than the people with relatively less body temperature. Even a thirty minute session can make someone relaxed, calm and stress-less leading to reduction in blood pressure, proper heart rate, deeper breathing et.al. Meditation can also play a role in decreasing the acute and chronic pain and the unpleasantness faced bya patient and usually vanishes with long duration.
Meditation also increases the frontal brain and the left sided brain activities which result in a positive mood. Also, due to this, the immune system of a person is improved which makes him/her resistant to bacterial and viral attacks. Long-term meditation increases the grey matter volume in the orbitofrontal right cortex and hippocampus of the brain.
As we age, the thinning of the brain's cortex can create atrophy that is related to dementia. People who meditate can increase this thickness even while aging or at least can avoid the thinning of the cortical thickness. Meditation protects the heart from damaging and brain from stress which on a whole increases the lifespan of a person, keeping a halt on cellular aging.
Emotions are not easy to handle specially when in hard times. The cause and also the effects of emotional imbalance can affect your entire body and make you tipsy psychologically even before you know it. Meditation can prevent this from happening as it makes you less vulnerable to emotional changes. How? Researchers say that meditation helps in producing fast responses to stimuli (be it positive or negative) and therefore the amygdala's activity reduces creating a resilience among meditators.
Meditation has a long lasting effect not only on our bodies but also our brain and heart. It gives us peace that the modern day stressful world has taken away from us. So, if you think the peace inside of you is being compromised or you simply want to feel happy once again, meditation may be your way to go.