Earlier, there wasn’t much discourse about the mental health of human beings as compared to their physical well-being. Thankfully, in the past few years, mass opinion has been made aware of the whole notion of mental health and its nitty-gritty. In this whole pandemic situation that enveloped the globe, many complain of deteriorating mental health and even worse scenarios where a sick mind is hindering their day-to-day activities.
Meditation and prayer are two things that one can do to keep their mind in a healthy condition. Numerous studies and experiments have concluded that there are neurological explanations as to why meditating and praying to keep us from restlessness and anxiety. It has many other advantages, some of which has been listed below:
- Help in Maintaining a Routine
If one determines that they will dedicate some portion of their daily 24 hours to meditation and prayer, it will keep them in a routine. Their daily activities will be disciplined, and a disciplined lifestyle is a key to mental health.
- Give Some “Me Time”
Among the many responsibilities of life, we often forget to tend to our own needs. We subconsciously ignore the fact that for us to keep fulfilling our responsibilities, we have to be physically and mentally healthy. For that, we need to give ourselves some time alone every day, and that can be done while meditating or praying.
- Boost Concentration and Attention Span
Those who meditate regularly are less likely to get diseases like ADHD, which is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder in which a person fails to keep their attention on one thing for a long time and is always restless. Meditating can help people increase their attention span. In this process, you essentially block all noise and thoughts from your mind. Doing this daily can help one concentrate better.
- Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Some people are always complaining of a lump in their chest or difficulty in breathing. They have to take deep breaths from time to time. If not a physiological ailment, this happens because the person is stressed. Daily strenuous life is bearing down on them and hampering their mental health without them rearising.
One of the chief reasons why meditation and prayer are so popular is because it helps people deal with stress and anxiety. Meditation teaches mindful breathing, which helps with the heavy feeling in the chest. Daily meditation has also been said to combat symptoms of depression in many.
For many, both meditation and prayer are a form of coping with the trauma they have faced in life. In recent years many studies have been conducted to scientifically prove that meditation and prayer do influence mental health in a positive light. Until the definitive proof is here, one can surely depend on the thousands of people who have benefitted and are benefitting from meditation.
Praying is an active act of spirituality; it helps one keep their belief in a higher power to be held on to in times of crisis. Not everyone might be comfortable with that, and here’s where meditation comes in. Rest assured, both meditating and prayer are good for the mind, body, and soul.