Skip to main content

10 reasons why you need to start meditating

Panic attack

What could be worse than having a panic attack? How about having a panic attack in front of five million people! That’s what happened to Dan Harris. Dan is an ABC News TV presenter in 2005. Initially Dan tried to deal with it by self-medicating. Then as luck would have it he was assigned to do a story on meditation. As as result he delved deeper in to meditation and started using it to help with his anxiety. He then went on to write a best selling book called “10% Happier” and started a podcast of the same name. Both are highly recommended.

Benefits of meditation

There has been a lot of scientific research in to meditation.
  1. A study published in the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine found that meditating boosts immune function. 
  2. Research published in the NCBI found meditating decreases pain.
  3. The American Psychological Association found that meditating increases positive emotion.
  4. Psychology Today published a post which says meditation has been shown to decrease depression.
  5. Science Direct says that meditation can reduce anxiety.
  6. The American Psychological Association found that meditation lowers stress levels.
  7. Psychology Today states that meditating helps with emotional self control.
  8. The NIH says that meditating helps people increase their attention span.
  9. The Association for Computer Machinery says meditation improves the ability to multi-task.
  10. Psychology Today found that meditation improves your persons memory.

Famous people who meditate

If you haven’t heard of Dan Harris, consider a few other famous people who meditate.
  • Katy Perry
  • Madonna
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Clint Eastwood
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Lady Gaga
  • Paul McCartney
  • Oprah Winfrey

How to meditate

There are many great videos, classes and even smartphone apps to help you meditate. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated however, you can start with this simple meditation:
  • Find a comfortable, upright, seat.
  • Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
  • Slowly inhale through your nose and silently repeat the word “IN.“ Feel the air coming in.
  • Slowly exhale through your mouth, silently repeat the word “OUT.“ Feel the air going out.
  • If you notice your mind wander, simply let the thoughts leave your mind and continue.
  • When your timer goes off, take a few more deep breaths before opening your eyes.
That’s all there is to it! Frequency of meditation is more important than duration. Five minutes of meditation every day is actually more beneficial than one hour once a week. It is also good idea to set a timer for the amount of time you choose. Find (or make) five minutes in your schedule and set a reminder to meditate.


Popular posts from this blog

Be Happy. Go For A Good Walk.

One of the best ways to boost your happiness is to get in to the habit of going for a Good Walk.

How to change your eating habits and lose weight

The top New Years Resolution year after year is to lose weight. The first tactic people usually try when losing weight is to start exercising. Going for a 30 minute run will burn about 400 calories. That’s about the same amount of calories as a single donut. You can’t outrun your plate! Exercise has a whole host of benefits but contributing to weight loss for most people is not one. If you want to lose weight you are going to have to change your eating habits. Habit 1. Drink more water.
People often confuse thirst with hunger. If you think you are hungry get in to the habit of drinking a glass of water and waiting 20 minutes. If you are still hungry then, go for it. As an added bonus, having a glass of zero calorie water in your stomach will help you feel full sooner.

Habit 2. Get enough sleep.
People often make up for having low energy because they are tired by eating. Make sure you go to bed at a time that gives you eight hours of sleep. Sticking to a consistent bedtime seven days a we…

What is WOOP and how can it help me achieve my goals?

WOOP is a science based mental strategy people can use to fulfill their wishes, set preferences and change their habits. The technique is based on 20 years of research and was developed by psychologist Gabriele Oettingen. The scientific name for it is Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions. Mental Contrasting is the concept comparing your future wish with your current reality. Implementation Intentions are the practice of deciding in advance what you will do in a given situation. 
WOOP is short for:
W - Wish. O - Outcome. O - Obstacles. P - Plan.
WISH The first step is to name a wish that is challenging but feasible. Set a time frame for the wish. Ask yourself if the wish is dear to you and if it's challenging yet achievable. Once you are done, note it down in 3 - 6 words. Pause and really picture it in your head.
For example: I want to exercise more.
OUTCOME Then think about the very best outcome and imagine it. What would the biggest benefit to achieving your wish be? How would…