What exactly is meditation? Is it simply closing your eyes, drawing in a deep breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and then letting it all out? While this is what most people think meditation is, it is much more than that. Meditation is a way of training your mind. And there are many methods of meditating, including abhyanga (massage), guided imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided meditation among many more!
Which of these methods you choose, depends entirely on you. You can try out all of these methods and see which one appeals to you the most. None of them is more beneficial than the other, so it really depends on your personal preference. Generally, meditation involves sitting down on the floor, or chair, or any surface of your choice as long as it is quiet and comfortable. Once you begin the meditation, it is almost likely that your mind will begin to wander off. You need to reflect on these thoughts and bring your attention back. Repeatedly meditating helps you focus more deeply!
Meditation works like magic when it comes to reducing stress! When you experience stress, your body releases a hormone known as cortisol, which releases inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. Meditation is known to counter this inflammatory response produced by stress. If the levels of cytokines persist in your body, it can lead to increased depression and anxiety, along with constant fatigue and brain fog.
The power of meditation also contributes to increasing self-awareness. This includes understanding yourself better and being more aware of your body as well as your surroundings. It also involves knowing your destructive habits and how to utilize your energy for constructive habits. According to a study, meditation also boosts self-esteem, whereby people start believing in their capabilities in succeeding and overcoming challenges. There, indeed, is nothing to lose by meditating!