Meditation Can Make You Feel and Look Younger
As people inevitably age, a lot of them try various methods to make themselves look and feel younger. Some use home-made remedies, others expensive creams, and others surgery. But all of them are looking for one very effective and natural way to make themselves feel healthier, stronger and younger. That can be as simple as meditation.
What is meditation?
You’ve surely read about it, seen it on TV, or one of your friends or relatives practices this discipline. Meditation is more than just sitting on the floor with your eyes closed and legs crossed making calming sounds. It is a discipline that takes practice and isn’t easily achieved, but it is worth the effort.
The word meditation is derived from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal). And its Sanskrit derivation “medha” means wisdom. Therefore, meditation is a state of complete calm and consciousness in which the mind is free of scattered thoughts.
The benefits of meditation
It keeps your skin healthy
While you’re meditating, you’re releasing all of the stress you have pent up in your mind and body. As you relax, your skin does too. Studies have shown that stress is very harmful to the outer layer of the skin, which serves as its protector, keeping in the moisture and keeping out the harmful bacteria. Meditation can help in keeping this barrier healthy, giving you smooth and healthy skin.
It lowers blood pressure
During meditation, as the stress levels in your body decrease, all the systems in the body start to normalize, including blood pressure.
It helps relieve chronic diseases
Some of these diseases are arthritis and allergies.
It relieves headaches and migraines
Studies have shown that regular meditation can reduce headaches by 37%.
It slows down the aging process
This may sound ridiculous, but taking into account all of the reasons above, meditation can actually make you look and feel up to twenty years younger by having better-looking skin and a healthier mind and body.
How to start meditating?
Now that you know a little bit more about what meditation is and how it works, you’re probably excited about starting reaping all of its benefits. Here’s how to do it.
Find the right time for it
These days, everyone has a busy schedule; it is sometimes hard to find time for the little things in life. But for something that could be beneficial for you, it is always worth finding the time. The best time for meditation during the day is early in the morning while your day still hasn’t started and you haven’t been stressed out by anything. This way, you can make sure your mind and body are well-prepared for the day ahead.
Find the right place for it
You can’t just meditate in any place. The room where you’re finding your inner peace has to be your sanctuary. It doesn’t take much to turn a normal room into a meditation temple. All you have to do is get rid of all your distractions, such as your phone, tv or computer and make sure that wherever you are, you feel comfortable. It can even be outside in the fresh air, as long as you have your peace and feel far away from the rest of the world.
Getting in the right position
Usually, it’s on the floor, but some people feel more comfortable on a cushion or a yoga mat. Make sure your back is straight! This is important for proper breathing. Sit with your legs crossed – most people go for the lotus position -and keep your eyes closed.
Wear comfortable clothes
If you don’t feel comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’ll never be able to relax completely. No matter if it’s your pajamas, workout clothes or anything else, as long as you feel good in it.
Set a timer for 10 – 15 minutes
Sometimes, people can get lost in their state of relaxation, so it’s important to know when to get back to the real world. After your timer goes off slowly transition back into the real world. You’ll feel much better afterward.
And that’s really all there is to it. It’s not difficult, it doesn’t take up a lot of your time, but it’s so beneficial that it’s always good to make time for it. You’ll be grateful to yourself for making time to do something that is good for you and your health.
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