We all know how important it is to take care of our bodies with proper exercise and nutrition, but have you ever considered the importance of taking care of your mind as well? Spending up to just 10 minutes a day working on your mindfulness meditation practice can significantly improve your mental health—plus it has tons of benefits for your overall wellness too!
Here are some of the top reasons why we think incorporating mindfulness meditation into your routine is a must.
Meditation reduces stress. Multiple studies have determined that mindfulness meditation techniques are effective in lowering the stress hormone called cortisol, and it can also help alleviate symptoms of stress-related medical conditions like IBS!
Meditation can reduce many types of anxiety. According to this study, meditation can have a long-term impact (if kept up as a regular habit) on multiple anxiety disorders, from phobias to social anxiety and panic attacks.
Meditation can lengthen your attention span. Ever feel like your iPhone has given you the attention span of a toddler? Try meditating! The actual practice of meditation is all about guiding and directing your mind, which strengthens your ability to concentrate and focus.
Meditation can help you sleep. If you struggle with “can’t shut off your mind” syndrome when you’re trying to fall asleep at night, try meditating! You can redirect your unwelcome thoughts while also calming your body and mind into a peaceful slumber.
If you want to start meditating but aren’t sure how to do it, try out a guided meditation that will walk you through the entire practice. They are readily available on YouTube or in apps like Calm and Headspace. And don’t forget to fuel up after your meditation routine with a healthy and delicious smoothie—a healthy mind and body make a healthy and happy YOU for life!