Day 15: Stress Release Through Meditation

the benefits of medtiation

Today is the start of the last week of the detox series. We’ve gotten rid of all the negative thoughts and replaced them with healthy sayings. We’ve ditched poor eating habits, and implemented healthy foods and actions. Today is the start of “the soul” week. The most incredible tool we all have that is often neglected, is our internal instincts. We intuitively know where to go and who to talk to. Yet a lot of clatter gets in our way, such as fear, other people’s suggestions, our own logical mind.

This week, we are diving into the mechanisms to get in touch with that internal GPS. We are starting off with meditation, probably by far the most important tool there is. Here is why:

How To Meditate

Let’s first discuss how to meditate. The most frequently used form is sitting with a straight posture in silence. Find a calming room, light some candles, close your eyes and focus on your breathing. It’s best to stay in the position for 10-20 minutes. Whatever you can do at first.

Another form is guided meditation, where you do exactly as above but with a guide. I use the Calm app and have found it soothing. There are also classes you can take. If you are in New York, I recommend inscape. This is helpful for those who are just starting off with meditation.

Lastly, I like to call it active meditation. Where you are moving your body while quietly observing what’s around you. Walks, runs, yoga, and even cooking helps place me into a meditative state.

Meditation Benefits

The largest benefit meditation encompasses is stress release. It brings a balance to our hectic lives. It also helps us find a new perspective towards what we are facing. I like it because it calms everything down to a place where I can hear my intuition. Constantly worrying about something endlessly doesn’t help find the solution. Instead, try to quiet the mind and let go for a moment. You may be surprised by the outcome.

Also, there is something about deep breathing that brings me back into my body, focus on the present and let go of any worries.

I really enjoyed reading Psychology Today’s scientific list of benefits:

1 – Increases immune function (See here and here)

2 – Decreases Pain (see here)

3 – Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here and here and here)

4 – Increases Positive Emotion (here and here)

5 – Decreases Depression (see here)

6 – Decreases Anxiety (see here and here and here)

7 – Decreases Stress (see here and  here)

8 – Increases social connection & emotional intelligence (see here and – by yours truly – here)

9 – Makes you more compassionate (see here and here and here)

10 – Makes you feel less lonely (see here)

11 – Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here) (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here’s the key)

12 – Improves your ability to introspect (see here & for why this is crucial see this post)

13 – Increases grey matter (see here)

14 – Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control (see here and here)

15 – Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention(see here)

16 – Increases your focus & attention (see here and here and here and here)

17 – Improves your ability to multitask (see here)

18 – Improves your memory (see here)

19 – Improves your ability to be creative & think outside the box (see research by J. Schooler)

Question Of The Day

If you practice meditation, how do you meditate? What helped you start the practice? Let me know in the comments below!

4 comments

  1. I do yoga on a daily basis, but I actually just started using an app called Inscape that helps me kind of take the practice off the mat. It’s challenging for me, but I’m loving it so far!

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