How Meditation and Mindfulness Benefit You

Updated: Mar 31


September 22nd, 2021



David Peachment













 

How Meditation and Mindfulness Benefit You



In the previous blog post, I described mindfulness and a quick exercise to try it yourself. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out HERE! For this post, however, I wanted to dive into some of the benefits of such a practice. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and I chose to focus on the positives that research has shown and that I have personally experienced in my own meditation and mindfulness practices. If you haven’t tried meditating or mindfulness, I highly recommend you give it a try! But if you aren’t convinced to do it just yet, hopefully, showing the benefits can sway you to give it a go! So, without further ado, let’s dive right in!

Lowered Stress and Increased Calm

The first benefits I experienced shortly after starting mindfulness and meditation practices were an overall lowered stress level and increased calmness about life. By taking a few minutes every day to be mindful, I noticed that over time my life wasn’t nearly as stressful as it once was. Having some space to not focus on what was happening in my life and instead focus on something as simple as my breath caused me to calm my mind. No longer was I dominated by anxious feelings, and rather, if I were ever feeling overwhelmed, I would simply close my eyes and take a little time to be aware of what was around me. This act grounded me to reality and realize that my troubles weren’t as dire as my mind would make them out to be. In general, my life became calmer, and my mind didn’t race nearly as much as it used to race. Many, many studies have shown this effect after participants engaged in meditation and mindfulness. In fact, there are more than 10,000 published research papers that focus on mindfulness-based therapies! It has been well researched and documented, and the benefits that arise out of it are astounding!

Higher Levels of Energy

The next positive aspect of mindfulness is higher levels of energy. For me, this took a bit longer to appear than lowered stress, but I did begin to realize how much my energy levels were improving throughout the day! I wasn’t tired nearly as much, and I felt like I could get a lot more done in a day. By mastering my mind and controlling my levels of thoughts and emotions, I was also able to regulate my energy levels. It also gave me a more considerable zest for life overall! Now, I am much more excited to start my day and don’t feel like staying in bed all morning.

I’ve learned to crave my little mindfulness and meditation practices as they always put me in a better state of mind!