By Ming Yang
Are you overwhelmed by interpersonal relationships, academic pressure or negative self-image every day? Do you have ten minutes on your way to school, before bed or anytime during your day that can be used for yourself? If so, then try meditation! Defined as the practice of conditioning your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts, meditation has been gaining more and more attention in the medical field in recent years. Now, it is scientifically proven to have the power of bringing you inner peace. In this article, you will learn three ways it helps you the most as a student.
First of all, meditation elevates your attention span. By reversing neural processes that contribute to mind-wandering, anxiety, and poor concentration, it strengthens your focus and also improves memory. For example, a study found that people who meditate on a daily basis perform better on visual tests and have a longer attention span than those who had never tried it. Additionally, it does not take long for this benefit to reveal itself. It has been proven that individuals who practice meditation for only 13 minutes a day get more enduring attention and memory after just eight weeks.
Next, meditation enhances your self-awareness. By going through a guided talk that purposefully has you reflect on yourself, you develop a better understanding of your habits and abilities. You are able to identify thoughts that are harmful and negative, and direct full attention to areas to improve. This helps one to make more conscious decisions by having a comprehensive view of one’s capabilities in front of obstacles, stress and relationships. It is also a tool that can be used for constructing realistic self-images.
Lastly, meditation relieves stress. By being mindful of oneself and the situation, individuals remain calm under unexpectancies; thus developing more effective coping strategies. Experiments have shown that by regularly practicing meditation, participants experience fewer anxiety symptoms and improve self-statements. The effect is especially remarkable among those who have had high levels of anxiety before.
In conclusion, meditation has the power to improve attention, self-awareness and stress-level. As students, these benefits can boost your academic performance significantly without much effort! Who wouldn’t want to get the golden concentration that gives you a better comprehension of the lessons? Let’s try meditation today and see how it works out for you!
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