In this time of pandemic, where mental health issues are often discussed topics, meditation is no longer a stranger to most people. So, meditation is a formal practice that can calm our mind and can also increase our awareness of ourselves.
This meditation technique can also be adapted for adults, children, and those with intellectual disabilities. Then, is it true that meditation can overcome the stress we experience? To find out more about the benefits for us, let’s read to the end, yes, there are so many benefits of this meditation, you know!
1. Make it calmer
Meditation that we do regularly, allows us to be able to react to the environment and whatever happens in our daily life with a more calm and balanced.
At first it may be difficult for us to do it regularly, but with our desire to be able to make meditation one of our good habits, little by little, we can make it a part of our daily life. All good things require a process and so does meditation.
2. Improves our emotion regulation
Studies that have been conducted on people who have been meditating for a long time have shown changes in brain areas associated with anxiety and stress. Where there is increased activity in the prefrontal cortex, cingulate cortex, and hippocampus.
Then on the other hand, there is a decrease in activity in the amygdala which results in increased emotion regulation. With good emotion regulation, we can regulate our emotions better. Amazing, right?
3. Makes us happier
A study of people who had been meditating for a long time showed that these people had more feelings of happiness and had less mental activity than beginners. Where the intensity of happiness is positively correlated with theta activity in the upper left frontal area.
4. Provides Significant Cognitive benefits
Meditation carried out for a long period of time shows excellent benefits for cognitive function, for example in the domain of attention, perceptual sensitivity, an increase in reaction time and also executive function.
Amazing, right? In addition to making us calmer and happier, it turns out that meditation can also make our concentration levels increase. Very cool, you know!
5. Lowers Anxiety Risk
People who have been meditating for a long time also scored lower on the personality traits of anxiety, neuroticism, and depression. In addition, they also scored higher in emotion recognition and expression.
Especially in this pandemic period, where we are no longer strangers to stress due to this uncertain situation. Meditation can be one of the good habits that you build from now on. That way, you can become calmer, happier, and your concentration will also increase. Come on, make meditation one of your daily routines!