Introducing Meditation: The Benefits and Apps Edition

Introducing Meditation Apps and Benefits

Our lives are often full of excitement, twists, and turns lurking around every corner. Sometimes it’s hard to find time to yourself, to simply disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your life. If you’re finding difficulty in carving out some much-needed relaxation, maybe meditation might be right for you.

Benefits of Meditation

Aside from a few moments to yourself and relaxation, meditation also has some other surprising benefits.

  1. Meditation Apps Stress reducer. An article published by the Huffington Post cites meditation as a way for “people to take control of their own nervous systems,” which could be contributing to much of the stress in the first place.
  2. Meditation boosts your brainpower. Forbes cites a study from UCLA in which the brains those who had been meditating for prolonged periods of time had less loss of brain volume as opposed to the brains of those who had been meditating for less time (less than 20 years).
  3. Meditation leads to greater self-awareness. Spending some time with yourself and your feelings can make you more aware of your own emotions. The same article published by Huffington Post cites a woman who found out she had multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system, and meditation severely changed the way she viewed herself with the disease.
  4. It has multiple physical benefits. According to The Art of Living, meditation has multiple physical health benefits, including “lowering blood pressure, lowering the levels of blood lactate (which causes anxiety), decreasing pain which causes tension, increasing the immune system, and increasing your energy level.”

The Best Apps

MeditationBelow are some of the best meditation apps, which are free of charge, that can get you started on your meditation journey.

  • Provata VR– Guided Meditation & Mindfulness (Free of charge) – “A fully immersive virtual reality meditation app.”
  • Meditation Studio- Guided meditations and Courses (Free of charge)- “Theses bright, newbie-friendly guided sessions help us fine-tune our inner equilibrium, whether we need help sleeping, a confidence boost, or just a few minutes to find our sen on an imaginary beach”
  • Headspace (Free of Charge) – “Guided meditations suitable for all levels..”

Meditation need not be traditional. Sometimes, you can find meditation through doing a physical activity, such as yoga, or listening to music.

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Adiel S. is an NYC-based recent graduate from Binghamton University, where she majored in English with a concentration in creative writing and economics. She is an avid runner, with hopes to run a marathon one day, as well as a vegetarian and amateur chef. She loves to work out, read and watch Gilmore Girls in her free time.

3 thoughts on “Introducing Meditation: The Benefits and Apps Edition

  1. Meditation has been a great stress reliever for me. I have a very demanding job as a vice president at a large business firm. Many times after work, I feel very anxious and burdened with lots of work to do. When feeling likes this, I try to fit in at least half an hour of mediation with youtube videos. Immediately I feel better, more energized and substantially less stressed. It is a very relaxing form of exercise and it is very easy to do as well. No matter what body type, gender, etc. that you are, mediation is beneficial to everyone!

  2. My wife and I have began to meditate together, a few times a week. It is a great relationship building workout and it is also very relaxing and stress relieving. To begin I downloaded a free app (Head Space) and started from there. We began with beginner exercises and now are moving on to more intermediate/advanced ones. I am already seeing many benefits in my daily life from it. I am much happier and calm during the day and am sleeping a lot better at night. Also my relationship with my wife has grew and we are closer then ever!

  3. I am generally very stressed out from my job. This stress has built up and created some anxiety for me. After visiting a few doctors and consulting with some close friends/family they have told me that meditation is a good way to destress. After researching it across the web and reading a few articles, I feel that it may be time to try it. The free apps seem like a good option and I have found many videos across the web as well. I am hoping that this will be able to relieve some of the stress I feel on a daily basis and make me feel more calm!

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