Study Shows Meditation May Slow Aging: Here’s How
You may have experienced the calming benefits of meditation, but did you know it can help you live a longer, better life? Traditional meditation isn’t the only way to feel better, so read on to learn about your alternatives!
You already know that a healthy diet, regular exercise and plenty of sleep are good for your health and can help you live a longer life.
But what about meditation? Can practicing mindfulness help you live longer and better?
Studies show that mindful meditation practices decrease ruminative (wandering) thoughts and reduce stress. At the same time, meditating increasing positive thoughts in your brain and reduces stress arousal.1
So how does that work?
Meditation may promote telomere health. Telomeres are the protective ends of chromosomes, and are linked to longevity. Using this as a model, researchers are testing further connections between meditation and longevity relationships.2
Therefore, meditation may be a great way to slow aging and increase the quality of your life. And who doesn’t want to embrace that?
Making Time for Meditation
But with our busy schedules and crazy work-filled days, who has the time to sit and meditate regularly?
Sure, but the key here is to change your perspective about what’s important. Your emotional health is important! What would happen if you were to stop thinking about meditation and relaxation as a luxury, and instead view it as an essential element to your health that should be a priority in your daily life?
After all, stress effects 75% of us. Combating stress can help rid you of headaches, migraines, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, anxiety and tension.
Set aside some time every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes. We recommend meditating upon waking and again before going to sleep. Using this time to meditate and calm down can help you tackle the rest of your day with energy and enthusiasm.
There are other ways to relax and lower your stress levels, such as:
- getting enough sleep. It decreases cortisol levels (your stress hormone)
- spending time with people you enjoy and who make you laugh
- exercising. It reduces anxiety and tension
- participating in calming activities you enjoy, such as reading and yoga
Having a Hard Time Meditating? Try The Emotional Freedom Technique.
The Emotional Freedom Technique is a perfect practice for those of us who can’t slow down and be fully still, or are still working on it!
Are you new to meditation and having a hard time quieting your mind? Don’t get frustrated and give up! Emotional Freedom Techniques, created by founder Gary Craig, is a great “gateway” to meditation because it allows you to take some action to shift your energy and change limiting beliefs, addictions or negative emotions. You may find that as your energy shifts and you release limiting thoughts and behaviors, meditation becomes much easier. Learn how to do EFT for yourself with the powerful and effective Emotional Freedom Techniques DVDs.
EFT is a method that uses your emotional acupressure points. You stimulate energy meridians on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. This extremely effective approach is great for handling your emotions and holds a lot of promise for healing in the 21st century.
EFT is also a manageable practice that can lead you into full meditation. As it helps your mind slow down and heal, you may feel able to participate in and benefit from lengthier meditation, as well.
With all the proven benefits of meditation on your physical and mental health, shouldn’t it take equal precedence with your healthy diet and exercise? You may find that just 10 minutes per day makes all the difference in how much you enjoy your life!
- Elissa Epel, et al. Can Meditation Slow Rate of Cellular Aging Cognitive Stress, Mindfulness, and Telomeres. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Aug 2009.