Numerous studies have shown that meditation can significantly improve your quality of life.
On this page, you’ll find everything you need to know about meditation.
Meditation can reduce stress
The study “Meditation programs for psychological stress and well-being: a systematic review and meta-analysis” by Goyal et al. show that there is evidence meditation improves stress and mental health-related quality of life. Citing the study: “Clinicians should be aware that meditation programs can result in small to moderate reductions of multiple negative dimensions of psychological stress”.
Therefore, taking a few minutes in the morning and possibly even the evening to sit down and meditate can have a beneficial effect on your quality of life.
Meditation can control anxiety
Naturally, anxiety correlates with stress. The less stressed you are the less anxiety you feel. A study called “Effects of the transcendental meditation technique on trait anxiety: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials” showed that especially individuals with high levels of stress benefited from meditation. In addition, meditation can increase a positive self-image (which is important in relation to anxiety) as this 8 week mindfulness meditation study indicates.
So if you’re struggling with anxiety on a daily basis, meditation can be an invaluable tool in your arsenal.
Meditation can positively influence self-awareness
Self-awareness is important in all areas of life.
You need to know who you really are in order to navigate this world effectively and confidently. Meditation enhances self-awareness. As the study “Reconstructing and deconstructing the self: cognitive mechanisms in meditation practice” by Dahl et al. indicates gaining greater awareness of your thoughts and destructive thought patterns can be beneficial for decision making and quality of life.
A specific tai-chi meditation study showed that meditation may lead to a greater belief in your own skills and capacity which enables you to overcome specific challenges.