Meditation has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, but research suggests it can also change parts of one of our most important organs – the brain.
You’re at work trying to complete a task, but you’re finding it hard to focus. Your mind wanders to all the things you have to do after work: Pick up the kids, make dinner, do laundry, and somehow fit in time to exercise.
Then, when you finally focus back on the task at hand, you realize that it’s already 5 p.m.!
Now, you’re even more stressed and flustered, and you’ve missed your deadline completely.
Ruminating on all the things you need to do or should have done can hinder your performance at work, school, and at home.
Meditating for a few minutes might help rein in those wandering thoughts and help you stay focused throughout the day. But meditating can have an even bigger impact.
Some studies show that it affects the brain in various ways, from changing the brain’s volume to decreasing activity in the parts of the brain responsible for stress.