Mindfulness meditation is a kind of mental discipline that trains a person to pay attention on things in a certain manner, on purpose and by focusing at the present moment without judgment. Mindfulness can be practiced alone or with other meditation approaches. Mindfulness is an ancient meditation technique. It is the most studied and researched meditation technique and based on the findings of these studies, there is a strong correlation of mindfulness and health. According to studies, there are several health benefits mindfulness meditation provides to a practitioner. Some of these benefits include the following.
Treats anxiety and depression
With mindfulness, a person is trained to pay attention to details such as on breathing, the details of tooth brushing, the way the feet touches the ground when walking or how sounds enter the consciousness and many more. With this, the mind is calmed and quieted which are beneficial to those who have countless thoughts crossing the mind at one time. This is the reason why some clinical facilities use mindfulness meditation techniques alongside with medicated drugs to treat anxiety and depression.
Promotes weight loss and curbs binge eating
With regular practice of mindfulness meditation, research reveals that stress is reduced or even eliminated including stress-related overeating. This finding further strengthens the correlation of mindfulness and health including having a healthy body due to better and healthier eating habits. Mindfulness meditation trains a person to heighten his awareness of hunger and satiety indicators. This concept is called mindful eating.
Reduces metabolic issues and risk factors
Metabolic syndrome or health issues suffered by those who have elevated sugar, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides are found less common among individuals who practice mindfulness meditation. In a study of 194 obese adults, one group were provided with diet and were advised to exercise while the other group practiced mindfulness in addition to exercise and dieting. At the end of 12 months, those who did mindfulness had lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides and better sugar levels which further concretized the correlation of mindfulness and health.