Time and again it has been stressed upon and witnessed that meditation has all-inclusive benefits for us – physiological, psychological, and spiritual. Meditation is considered as one of the best ways to reduce stress and bring in an aura of peace and positivity. There are different types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation, Heart Rhythm Meditation, Guided Visualization, Mindfulness, Open Monitoring Meditation, Zazen, to name a few. It is self-explanatory that when our mind is relaxed, and at peace, we are able to focus better, maintain cordial interpersonal relationships, manage stress and deal with anxiety in an effective way – leading to a better social life.
1. Meditation helps to deal with social anxiety
People suffering from social anxiety disorder tends to have overly critical and negative views about themselves. They also believe that others are assuming the worst about them. Research indicate that mindfulness meditation and guided visualisation helped people with social anxiety disorder feel less anxious, instilled positive self-views and brought down depression level.
2. Overall well-being
Meditation keeps your mind calm and focused leading you to be more creative and think innovatively. It improves concentration and memory recall by enabling you to dismiss distractions. By controlling anxiety and stress it keeps you happy. And, when you are happy, you can spread happiness among others too.
3. Emotional stability and compassion
Meditation has been linked to the amygdala, hippocampus and frontal areas of the brain. It simply means that meditation activates your emotional trait making you more compassionate and empathetic, along with stimulating more positive emotions and longer-lasting emotional stability. Meditation also checks age-related decline of cognitive functioning.
With the above-mentioned benefits, meditation certainly becomes a pathway towards a brighter social life.