Meditation is one of the best exercises for our body that keeps us fit and healthy. Meditation is not only helpful for achieving good physical health, but also for improving mental health in people. It relaxes your mind and keeps you calm. But have you ever heard about meditation for your heart?

As researchers show, people who meditate regularly have a lower level of cholesterol in the blood, do not suffer from high blood pressure and have fewer chances to have a stroke, diabetes mellitus, and various heart diseases. That’s because of the calming abilities of meditation which has a positive influence on our brain and, as followed, a lot of processes in people’s bodies. Meditation can become a part of one’s daily routine through regular yoga sessions, home training, or relaxation sessions somewhere in nature.

Not only that, meditation methods can vary depending on what exactly brings comfort to the person. For example, studies showed that those who listen to music for at least half an hour per day have anxiety more rarely than people who do not like music. It is very helpful during the recovery process for patients who go through therapy or take antidepressants. Overall, the quality of mental health improves noticeably in those who enjoy listening to music and distract themselves with its help.

Not only can music improve mental health, but it also reduces the production of cortisol hormone in the body. It is produced by the glands when the person is overstressed and or feels overwhelmed. Both of these feelings influence one’s well-being, increase heart rate and blood pressure. However, with the help of both meditation and music, cortisol levels reduce, and it becomes possible to calm down faster, as well as boost serotonin and endorphin levels in the body. In this way, the mood becomes better, and the person feels much calmer and happier.

Meditation is also very beneficial for heart rate variability (HRV) in people. HRV measures the amount of time between every heartbeat, and just 5-10 minutes of meditation per day are able to improve it noticeably.

Besides the obvious benefits of meditation for the heart, it also works on the brain’s abilities. It includes its capacity to remember new information, improve sleep quality during the night, make the immune system much stronger, control the brain’s response to pain, and many others.

Some people have many doubts about whether to start meditating; that is because many of them still believe that it is a complicated process that requires a lot of time and effort. But that’s a myth. We prepared an easy step-by-step guide on how to meditate at home (and it will take no longer than 10-15 minutes per day):

  1. Choose and turn on relaxing music of your choice (instead of music, you may choose the sound of white noise or water);
  2. Sit still with your eyes closed;
  3. Control your breathing – breath slowly;
  4. Try to relax your muscles and clear your mind, control your thoughts;
  5. Inhale and exhale deeply and slowly;
  6. Set a timer in order to not lose track of time;
  7. Repeat this procedure daily in order to create a habit.

Meditation can be very helpful in improving heart condition and overall mental health; however, it is also important to get medical help on time if you have prolonged anxiety, stress, or depressive episodes. Meditation shows the best results in combination with proper treatment and a doctor’s assistance. Take proper care of yourself and do not hesitate to ask for help if it is needed; your health is the most important and priceless thing in your life. Thank you for reading, and stay safe!