Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation
There are lots of ways to relax. Some ways are designed to relax your mind and some to relax your body. But because of the way the mind and body are connected, many relaxation methods work on both the mind and the body.
Meditation is to calm your mind by focusing your attention on things that are happening right now in the present moment. Begin with focusing on your breathing and work to slow the rhythm and breathe deeply – this sends a message to the brain to calm down and relax and then this extends to the rest of the body. The use of breathing exercises provides a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.
Mindful Meditation is neuro-regenerative and has been shown to increase the amount of neuronal connectivity, learning and memory also helping with emotional regulation and self awareness. It also improves sleep, decreases fatigue, reduces depressive and anxious feelings – all common symptoms following concussive injury.
If meditation is hard for you and you find yourself struggling or falling asleep, fear not! Meditation is a skill that will need to be learned. There are several free apps you can use to help guide you in this journey. There are also Youtube videos and other options without requiring a large investment. Although many of our patients do not believe meditation is for them, everyone can benefit from this skill! The research in concussions supporting meditation is astounding. Just give it a try, you’ll be amazed!