• Alisha & Almaza

Keep Calm & Carry Om

I’m not sure if this resonates with you, but I often find myself in a conversation - a little out of my understanding to be honest - as everyone around me seems to be meditating.

Having a general and broad understanding of what it entails and how it supposedly helps one, is clear. However as much as the idea of meditating sounds idyllic and good. It also gives me anxiety - as ironic as that may sound. The thought of sitting still and being one with myself only reminds me of all the things I need to do and gives me ideas of things I could do. “More projects” as my husband says.

However I am starting to warm up to the idea that meditating should be (or could be) actually the best thing I could do for myself.

Aside from my immediate excitement of getting my Yoga gear in check - cute yoga pants, a comfy mat etc - I’ve had to look into the proven benefits of meditation to really get myself signed up.

So here it is, for all you fellow “I’m too busy for that” people:

Proven Benefits of Meditation

“It helps reduce stress”

  1. By calming you down, thereby effectively reducing stress levels.

“It helps Reduce High Blood Pressure”

  1. With over a billion people worldwide suffering from Hypertension, we can understand the importance of keeping our blood pressure in check. With studies proving that meditation does in fact reduce blood pressure levels.

“It will help you sleep better”

  1. By placing you in a peaceful state, mindfullness meditation significantly improves your sleep quality.

“It can increase your Libido”

  1. A 2018 study proved that women who didn’t meditate scored significantly lower than women who DID meditate when it came to sexual function, orgasm and desire.

“It can make you more compassionate”

  1. Couples who meditate together not only feel closer together, but they are more open with one another. Loving-kindess meditation is a type of meditation that is proven to improve mental processing and empathy.