Unless you've been living under a rock the past 5 years, you'll know that meditation is no longer this hyper-spiritual, guru-driven, impractical yawn-fest.
I know, right. Companies like Headspace and Calm have made it cool and stuff.
It's more than a Bill-Gates-does-it-so-it-must-be-cool sorta thing. It's a tool you need in your toolkit, even if you don't know it yet.
Our favourite tool to help us meditate (no, we're not affiliated) is the afore-mentioned Calm app, but you can do it however you like. We just want to give you our four favourite and really REALLY compelling reasons you should make meditation a part of your everyday.
Here's our top 4 reasons to meditate:
1. Lowers your stress.
Guys, c'mon, this is never a bad thing. Especially mid lockdown. This will not only give you less reasons to shout at your significant other, drive too fast, or binge eat in front of The Sopranos, but lowering stress does wonders for your heart, your sleep, your relationships... I could go on. Meditation literally decreases the amount of cortisol - the stress hormone - in your blood stream. Do it for this if nothing else.
2. Increases your attention span.
Meaning you'll probably get that task list ticked off easier and earlier with a mediation practice behind you. You'll focus for longer, and be more efficient as you go. Not only that, but studies like this one show meditation increases capacity for creativity, too. Winning.
3. Improves emotional health and wellbeing.
This means you'll be less likely to get stuck in bouts of depression or anxiety, and this report even claims you'll even have more positive and satisfied outlook on life.
4. May help improve your immunity.
And damnit, we all need some immune-boosting tools right now, right? This study showed that "a short program in mindfulness meditation produces demonstrable effects on brain and immune function". Interesting to note that other studies like this one claim more work needs to be carried out to examine these effects. Buuut if there's a chance it's gonna boost our immunity, (plus all the other pros) I'm all in.
These are just some of the benefits of a mediation practice - it really will pay off to start this practice up. And remember, it's exactly that: a practice. Just like we regularly use yoga as a tool to help us feel better, we can turn to mediation to give us the edge.
Go get 'em, you peaceful warrior, you.