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5 Benefits of a 3-minute meditation

Katie Carlson

Do you ever find yourself rushing around, feeling stressed and too busy to enjoy life? This feeling is all too common in society today. Unfortunately, it’s a daily obstacle for many of us. Between work, family, responsibilities and appointments, it often feels like too much for one person to handle. So what changes can you make to live a productive, healthy and enjoyable lifestyle in a world designed to never stop?

Meditation quiets the mind in order to reduce stress and find inner peace and balance. Some people look down on meditation because they don’t understand it, they’ve never actually tried it or they have preconceived notions about it. Meditation practice teaches you to slow down. It goes against everything we’ve ever been taught, which is to achieve more, do more and be more. A daily three-minute meditation is a time-efficient and effective way to gain back your inner peace. The benefits are greater than you may expect.

1. A happier you

At the end of the day, aren’t we all just trying to live a happier and more joyful existence? Meditation consists of a focused reflection of yourself and the thoughts in your head. It’s time spent giving thanks for what you do have, appreciating the little blessings around you and expressing a loving kindness for yourself and others. It makes you — and those around you — happier, and it helps you feel more connected to your loved ones, humanity and nature.

2. Better brain function

The whole purpose of meditation is to exercise your mind and stop the endless cycle of repetitive thoughts. Sometimes we forget how powerful the brain is and how important it is to exercise, rest and nurture it. Meditation increases your attention span and memory and allows for better concentration. Quieting the mind reduces anxiety and increases creativity and emotional stability. Who’s in?

3. Less stress and aging

Stress will overwhelm you if you don’t manage it. Meditation helps stop racing thoughts and releases toxic energy from your body. A decrease in stress and negative thoughts improves functioning of the brain, is linked to slowing aging, increases immunity and helps fight disease. Meditation helps with anxiety by lowering stress, blood pressure and increasing energy levels.

4. Improved sleep

Sleep deprivation is a major issue for most people these days. Working long hours, skipping exercise and juggling too much at once is the norm. Ironically, when we neglect our health, our productivity, happiness and quality of sleep decreases. When this happens, we get stuck in an endless loop of exhaustion, begin over-caffeinating and eventually reach our burnout point. Taking a few minutes out of your day to quiet your mind and practice gratitude will improve your quality of life, well-being and your ability to get a better night’s rest.

5. Weight loss

A lot of us struggle with weight loss on a daily basis. Why not make it easier on yourself and your body by taking the proper action to increase your metabolism? With less stress, more energy and a mindful awareness of the breath, you’re on the right road to weight loss. Stress interferes with the efficiency of your metabolism, plain and simple.

A few minutes of daily meditation can change your life

Meditation is the one practice and tool everyone can benefit from in some way. I don’t say that about much, so that tells you how passionate I am about sharing all of the health benefits that come from it. Regardless of how you unwind and decrease stress in your own life, I hope you’ll move your health to the top of your to-do list from here on out.

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