Can Meditation Help My Mental Health?

Posted by Hunter Wilson on

Meditation is one of the simplest actions you can do to improve your mental health, but a lot of people tend to over-complicate it!

How do I meditate you may ask?

  1. Sit or lie comfortably. You may even want to invest in a mat like this if you need some extra comfort
  2. Close your eyes. We recommend using an eye mask if you have trouble keeping your eyes closed.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally. To help elevate your breathing and calmness, try using an oil diffuser or incense burner
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. If you want to align your chakras, go down each of the chakras on your body from your crown to your base. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath. Keep your mind as clear as you can.
  5. Now You've Meditated! Maintain this meditation practice for 30-50 breaths to start, and then try it for longer periods. To enhance your meditation to improve your mental health even more, see our full list of Meditation Products

 

According to a UCLA study, people who meditated long-term had better-preserved brains compared to those who did not meditate as they aged. Participants who’d been meditating for an average of 20 years had more grey matter volume throughout the brain. Older meditators still had some grey matter volume loss compared to younger meditators, but it wasn’t as pronounced as the non-meditators. "We expected rather small and distinct effects located in some of the regions that had previously been associated with meditating," said study author Florian Kurth. "Instead, what we actually observed was a widespread effect of meditation that encompassed regions throughout the entire brain."