I’ve been hearing the word “mindfulness” a lot lately. To some, mindfulness is just a new age buzzword, but many influential people swear by it as a life-changing practice.
Research has shown that being more mindful can improve your brain’s neuroplasticity, make you more emotionally resilient, and decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. After learning about these health benefits, I decided to put the practice of mindfulness to the test.
One of the best ways to practice being more mindful is through meditation. Over the past week, I’ve been meditating for at least ten minutes each morning.
Meditation isn’t a new practice for me. I’ve practiced it on and off in the past. I recently learned, however, that in order to truly reap the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, it’s important to practice consistently.
My goal with this experiment was to meditate every day for a week, then see whether or not I noticed any changes to my overall health and well-being. Here’s what happened.
Improved Emotional Resilience
When I began this daily meditation experiment, I had high hopes. I assumed that since I was practicing mindfulness and carrying a high vibration, this week would be completely stress-free. However, I was wrong. Being mindful did not prevent stressful situations from occurring, but it did have a positive impact on my reactions to these situations.
One of the biggest impacts that meditating every day had on my health was that it improved my emotional resilience. Instead of staying stuck in the past and dwelling on each stressful situation that arose, I was able to stay present and focus on finding logical solutions.
Throughout my weeklong daily meditation experiment, several inconveniences occurred. One of the most stressful things that happened was losing my debit card in the grocery store on Day 4 of the experiment.
In the past, this type of situation would elicit an extremely emotional response from me. I’d dwell on feelings of anger, anxiety, and sadness. But, because daily meditation was helping me to refine my mindfulness skills, I was able to control my emotional reactions and think logically to find an easy answer to this problem.
By practicing mindfulness consistently throughout the week, I found that I was better able to analyze the consequences of every decision I made, especially in areas that require self-discipline.
You see, every time we choose to scroll through social media, eat unhealthy foods, or skip out on our daily fitness routines, we’re making a conscious decision. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve decision-making skills which in turn leads to a higher level of self-discipline.
The act of waking up each morning and meditating consistently enabled me to begin each day with a set routine. This habit carried on throughout each day and helped me to stick to my routine and the goals that I set for myself for the week.
I also noticed that I was more motivated to make healthy and productive choices when it came to nutrition, exercise, and work.
As a person who is always working, at times, it can be difficult for me to wind down at the end of each day. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that I’m constantly thinking. When I’m not actively practicing staying mindful, my mind tends to wander off into thoughts about the past or thoughts about the upcoming day.
Practicing meditation regularly reminds me to stay mindful of the present moment, so I found myself having less of these wandering thoughts throughout my weeklong experiment. This made it much easier for me to fall asleep at night because I was able to focus on resting up rather than mentally preparing myself for the next day.
The improved level of self-disciple that I experienced this week also contributed to my quality of sleep. I felt more disciplined in my decision to go to bed and wake up early. This enabled me to feel more well-rested and energetic throughout each day.
In The End
Overall, practicing daily meditation has proven to be highly beneficial to my overall health and well-being. This week, I found myself having more control over my emotions, staying disciplined, and getting a higher quality of sleep. Consistent meditation has been scientifically proven to provide these great benefits.
This weeklong meditation experiment has inspired me to commit to meditating as often as possible. If you’re interested in seeing how meditating daily can improve your health, I definitely recommend giving this experiment a try!
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