3 minutes of meditation is all you need

Yesterday I put out a challenge on Instagram after speaking with a girlfriend who asked if I meditate? I madly said NO but knew I had some "me time" which I thought was my little meditation session. I was wrong.

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I checked out my faithful fountain of knowledge friend Google and came across Psychology Today and scientific facts about;

Why we should meditate

It Boosts Your HEALTH

1 - Increases immune function (See here (link is external) and here (link is external))

2 - Decreases Pain (see here (link is external))

3 - Decreases Inflammation at the Cellular Level (See here (link is external) and here (link is external) and here (link is external))

It Boosts Your HAPPINESS

4 - Increases Positive Emotion (here (link is external)

5 - Decreases Depression

6 - Decreases Anxiety (see here (link is external)

7 - Decreases Stress

It Boosts Your SOCIAL LIFE

Think meditation is a solitary activity? It may be (unless you meditate in a group which many do!) but it actually increases your sense of connection to others:

8 - Increases social connection & emotional intelligence

9 - Makes you more compassionate (see here (link is external)

10 - Makes you feel less lonely (see here (link is external)

It Boosts Your Self-Control

11 - Improves your ability to regulate your emotions (see here (link is external)) (Ever flown off the handle or not been able to quiet your mind? Here's the key)

12 - Improves your ability to introspect (see here (link is external) & for why this is crucial see this post)

It Changes Your BRAIN (for the better)

13 - Increases grey matter (see here (link is external))

14 - Increases volume in areas related to emotion regulation, positive emotions & self-control

15 - Increases cortical thickness in areas related to paying attention (see here (link is external))

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https://youtu.be/ZCvvgp8rdmg

 

"Relax your jaw,

Straighten your back.

Relax your shoulders.

Take 3 deep breaths.

Meditate for 3 minutes."

 

There you have it! Now why wouldn't you want all of this for yourself? So I encourage you (challenge you) to share your 3 minutes per day with me. Upload on Youtube or Instagram and tag #TeamDani #3minsmeditate.

Happy FRI-YAY!!!

XxDani

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