Mindfulness Meditation and Moderate Exercise Improve Health and Wellbeing

Does Mindfulness Meditation Make us Healthier?

In this day and age when so much money is being spent on finding cures for every illness under the sun, not to mention the numerous vaccinations that are being developed to supposedly protect us from illness, it is welcome news that something as basic and simple as mindfulness and moderate exercise can improve our health and wellbeing by protecting us from illnesses such as the flu.

A small new study finds that mindfulness meditation and moderate exercise seem to have protective effects against cold and flu, with people who engage in the practices having less severe, shorter and fewer symptoms of acute respiratory infection — and fewer days missed from work due to the sickness — than people who don't engage in either practice.

Specifically, undergoing mindfulness training was linked with a 40 to 50 percent decrease in symptoms, while exercise was linked with a 30 to 40 percent decrease in symptoms, researchers reported, compared with people who did neither activity.

Mindfulness and exercise are both useful practices for reducing the body's stress levels and as we are already aware of the fact that stress causes illness due to the fact that it lowers the body's immune response, it is not surprising to learn that the outcome of this study was so positive.

Recently, a review of research published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science broke down what exactly it is about mindfulness meditation that seems to make us healthier. They deduced that mindfulness is able to promote regulation of attention, body awareness, self-awareness and regulation of emotion — all of which help us in different aspects of our lives.

Emotional wellbeing is so important for our physical wellbeing. According to the study, mindfulness meditation seems to offer that secret ingredient necessary for emotional regulation.

Remember that mindfulness meditation can be an integral part of your everyday life. It is about being mindful of your everyday tasks, being aware of your bodily needs, which includes eating sensibly, exercising and getting quality sleep. You must also practice  being aware of yourself and your behavior and the way in which you relate to other people. Awareness needs to practiced everyday and you can do this by practicing mindfulness.

 Researchers in a study called Perspectives on Psychological Science defined mindfulness as "the nonjudgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment"  It is thought that the awareness of our bodily state helps us to regulate our emotions which in turn help to improve our health and wellbeing.

Body, mind and spirit work synergistically together to promote good health and mindfulness is a powerful tool for achieving this

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