7 Reasons to Start Meditating Today

7 Reasons to Start Meditating Today

Learn how regular meditation can offer benefits for your mind and body.

By Maria Mora

If you think meditation isn’t for you, there’s a strong chance you haven’t been introduced to the right kind of meditation. Theresa Fox, president and CEO of DeStressify, a program for cultivating mindfulness for more mental and emotional balance, helps women around the world manage stress. She defines meditation as “the act or process of spending time in quiet thought.”

Here are seven reasons why she believes you should give it a shot.

1. Meditation doesn’t require an empty mind. Many people are scared off by the idea of having a completely quiet, or empty mind. Our brains are always going to be full of thoughts. “Meditation is a way of simply calming the mind to bring clarity and focus,” says Fox. That sounds a lot easier, doesn’t it?

2. Meditation isn’t a religious practice. “It’s important to understand that meditation is not associated with any particular religion,” says Fox. “In fact, all the world’s major religions have some form of contemplative practice.” You don’t have to adhere to a particular dogma – meditation can be incorporated into your own form of spirituality.

3. Meditation can help with pain relief. Remember those childbirth classes? Some forms of natural childbirth pain relief are actually meditation. “Certain breathing techniques are often used for childbirth pain, and guided imagery can be customized to any particular type of pain,” says Fox.

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4. Meditation can help you cope with PMS. Fox says research shows that meditation can assist women with the symptoms of PMS and even menopause. Who wouldn’t want a little break from raging hormones and bouts of weeping?


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5. Meditation can make the workday more manageable. The cool thing about meditation is you can take it anywhere. This is especially helpful at work. Put in some ear buds and try a guided meditation on your phone. “Because meditation helps people get in touch with their thoughts and emotions and evaluate them in a healthier way, it can dramatically improve relationships and reduce coworker conflicts and office drama,” says Fox.

6. Meditation can be customized to your needs. You don’t need incense and chanting in a silent room to meditate. “It is crucial for women to find activities related to meditation practice that work for them, their schedules, and their needs,” says Fox. “Tools and apps available on phones and tablets that we carry with us at all times are a great place to start.”

7. Meditation is kid-friendly. “Even young children can benefit from some of the simpler techniques,” says Fox. She suggests making meditation into a game by encouraging kids to adopt the technique of mindfulness, or being present in the moment. Ask kids what they’re seeing, hearing, or smelling. “Teaching children elements of meditation, such as focusing on their breathing to calm down, can help when their emotions get the best of them.”

How do you think you could benefit from meditation?

Maria Mora is communications director at Big Sea Design and Development in St. Petersburg, Florida. She lives with her two sons and their rescue terriers.

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