How Meditation is Brain Changing

When you think of meditation, images of people sitting on yoga mats in the middle of a park might first come to your mind. Actually, meditation can happen anywhere, since all you need is time and your brain. There has been a big push in meditation in society recently, and I know a question you may be pondering might be: Is meditation actually helpful? Well, I am here to report that meditation is actually one of the best practices you can do to keep your brain healthy. According to Alice Walton at Forbes, “Studies [are] reporting that meditation helps relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being.”

I don`t know about you, but I could definitely use less anxiety and more well-being in my life. The science behind how this works is fascinating. According to Dr. Thorpe and Dr. Link at Healthline, “Mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress…In an 8-week study, a meditation style called ‘mindfulness meditation’ reduced the inflammation response caused by stress.” As seen, meditation does wonders for your brain, and I can testify to this as well. One of my favorite ways to meditate is by simply taking the first five minutes of my day to picture where I want to be and what I need to do today to get there.

Looking for ways to meditate using art? Check out my Instagram page for reflective quotes, inspiration, and how-tos you can use for meditating. (@TheSmilingHippo)

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