According to Mayo Clinic, meditating is an effective way to eliminate the jumble of chaotic thoughts that tend to take over our minds during our busy, hectic lives. It replaces stress-related thinking with a sense of calm, peace and balance. This benefits you health and overall sense of well-being. But it does not end with a mindfulness session – it keeps going! Here is what Mayo Clinic reports:
Mindfulness and emotional well-being
When you focus your mindset, you may clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.
The emotional benefits of mindfulness can include:
- Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
- Building skills to manage your stress
- Increasing self-awareness
- Focusing on the present
- Reducing negative emotions
- Increasing imagination and creativity
- Increasing patience and tolerance
Mindfulness and illness
Mindfulness might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.
While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of a focused mindset, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of mindfulness.
With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:
- Chronic pain
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Sleep problems
- Tension headaches”