To continue our Wellness Wednesday focus, I’ve listed my top reasons meditation should be your
next wellness hobby!

Goodbye Stress

The main reason most people turn to meditation is a way to relieve stress. It allows us to be more
controlled with our emotions and the way we choose to react to certain situations. Controlling our
emotions is a key factor to being successful in our career and our personal lives as it allows us to act
in a more skilful and thought out way even when under pressure. The more we practice mediation,
the more we gain control and allow our mind to take time to observe and reflect on our actions

It makes us more successful people

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “A clean room equals a clear mind”, well a clear mind = a successful
person. Meditation helps us clear our thoughts and focus on our goals. Due to the fact that
meditation reduces stress and alleviates anxiety, this keeps us from a brain overload. When we have
too much stress or feel heightened in some way we don’t think clearly which in turn affects our
productivity.
However, when our brains are allowed to analyse and act calmly then we effectively rewire our
brains with stronger connections which allow us to solve problems quickly. Meditation gives us
dedicated time to just breathe, allowing improvement in brain functionality and smarter decision
making!

Get some shut eye

Meditation also helps us to sleep better! If you’ve read our previous post on sleep being beneficial to
performance, then you’ll know how much sleep matters to our overall health and fitness. Studies
have shown meditation can even help those with insomnia as it allows dedicated time away from
our habitual routine of trying to get to sleep to calm the body without the pressure of having to
sleep.

Meditation improves your waistline

Researches have found that those of us that use meditation techniques or take time each day to
meditate, reduce the risk of stress eating. Stress eating or unconscious eating can become a very
unhealthy way of dealing with stress. Those tested in a controlled study were found to eat in a more
mindful way and studies showed those who meditated vs. those who didn’t not only had better
stress levels over all, they reduced the amount of abdominal fat.

For those of us that need time for peace of mind, my advice would be Find a Mantra that works for
you! Maybe its a quote that inspires you to be creative or think creatively, maybe it’s a single
thought you’d like to focus on – using a mantra in meditation is an affective way to achieve focus
and achieve goals.

Some fantastic apps for meditation would be:
Headspace – Committed to advancing the field of mindfulness through clinically validated research
Calm – which teaches meditation and mindful movement
Insight Timer – which has over 12, 000 videos and music to help you gain your meditation goals

Appendix
Research into stress eating and meditation: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jobe/2011/651936/