Mediation has shown to relieve stress. There are so many studies out there! It helps to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue. All while increasing the sense of control we have over our lives, improving memory and attention span, and increasing our performance at work or at school. We just over all feel better!
The Body –
And this stress, negatively affects our bodies! According to the American Psychological Association, the continued activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the one responsible for that fight or flight response, wears on the body. That means muscle tension leading to body aches and headaches, harder breathing triggering asthma attacks and panic attacks, increased risk of hypertension, heart attack, and stroke, more acid reflux and heartburn, even potential ulcers and other digestion issues.
Who wants any of that??
By meditating, and thus relaxing, we deactivate that fight or flight response, and release stress! Our minds and bodies thank us for it!