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How meditation can help decrease stress and improve well-being

A fantastic way to help improve a sense of well being is meditation. There are so many benefits to meditating and these results have proven to be an effective way of enhancing a person's life by their physical, emotion and mental well being

Meditating is very easy to do and can be done as a group session or alone at home. It is very cheap and very effective. If you do not fancy attending a class to be shown how to meditate there are various books and DVDs available on the market to provide you with the correct guidance on how to do this.

In order to achieve personal development we can not ignore problems of life. We have to face them head on and deal with them. Meditation will help you do just that. Life is full of different stresses in various different forms ranging from work, study, family life, financial problems or even health problems. Dealing with these problems can create negative feelings and stress. However it is shown that a person who meditates even in moments of stresses in their life have a better mood and working memory compared to people who do not meditate.

Meditating is also excellent for the brain and its development which is such a beneficial thing for a person to progress in life. Age causes the frontal cortex to thin but mental exercise can help slow this down and meditation is an excellent exercise for this. This particular part of the brain deals with things such as language, cognition and emotions, so meditation will prevent any decrease in these areas. Meditation has also been linked to improving memory and intelligence.

Being ill is such a worrying time and can hold a person back. Again meditation has been proven to help a person's well being. The reason for this is that stress can prevent the body's immune system from fighting off disease. People who regularly meditate have been shown to have improved resistance to illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and allergies.

If a person has the misfortune of suffering from a painful and debilitating illness then this can have an impact on their mental health. If a person is suffering from pain then this will cause a great deal of negative thoughts which in turn can exacerbate the condition. If a person suffering from pain regularly meditates it has been shown that their physical pain can be reduced by up to as much as 50%.

Meditation has also been shown to alleviate mental distractions, enhance the strength of immune response, decrease fatigue, benefit a person's spirit, improve powers of empathy and attain enlightenment. All of these benefits can only but help the personal development and well being of an individual.