We have all probably heard at one point or another that meditation can help us reduce stress. However, as our to-do list grows every week it can be hard convincing ourselves to literally sit and do nothing for an extended period of time. This why it is important to remind oneself of the practical and scientifically proven benefits of meditation.
Meditation reduces stress and there is proof. According to a study conducted on medical students “Mindfulness meditation lowers the cortisol levels in the blood suggesting that it can lower stress and may decrease the risk of diseases that arise from stress such as psychiatric disorder, peptic ulcer and migraine.” This is welcome news given the fact that 77% of people in the united states “regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress” according to data from American Psychological Association.
While excess stress is uncomfortable and bad for our health, it should be noted that it reduces our day to day efficiency as well. The reasoning is quite simple, Health and Fitness Cheat Sheet states that “When you’re stressed, it’s hard to make good decisions.” A study on Harvard students revealed that students suffering from high levels of stress were actually “worse at making good long-term choices”. This is really what it boils down to as far as efficiency is concerned. We lose a great deal of time in our daily lives by making poor decisions. We miss the exit on the freeway, we buy the wrong stocks, we take the wrong job. This all leads to time-consuming damage control.
So, what’s the moral of the story? It may be easier to set aside time for mediation when one realizes it can actually save time in the long run. So just how long should we meditate? DOYOUYOGA.com suggests that beginners simply “meditate for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes every day.” Do you incorporate meditation into your everyday life? We would love to hear about your experiences and perspective on mediation.