Meditation has existed over a long time now. It has gradually come into everyone’s view after seeing its long-lasting effects on the human body and soul. Not only at home or meditation centers, but meditation has been included in schools and institutions nowadays.
Meditation is a process of channeling thoughts in a single direction through the process of concentration and focused breathing. Meditation involves contemplating the thoughts of the human mind to bring out the best out of the positive ones and let the negative thoughts go in a managed way which would help grow a person mentally. With time, more and more positive effects of meditation have come into the light which involves greater concentration to happy living in a person’s life.
A student’s life faces many days today struggles involving the stress of studies, burden of syllabus and curriculum, extracurricular schedule, etc. In such a scenario, including meditation as a part of the school routine can be the reward a school can give to its children along with being an integral part of his or her life. Meditation would help a student put his thoughts in the right direction by improving concentration, which is one of the most important aspects of a student’s life.
Here are some of the benefits of meditation that can be seen in a student after regular meditation in his or her daily life.
- Better Concentration: One aspect on which meditation works is concentration. Meditation is the process of concentrating and enhancing the mental capability to focus. While meditating, a person tends to focus on his or her breathing the entire time which automatically increases concentration. Regular meditation can lead to an increase in the concentration power of a student which directly channels him or her to put this in use during their studies. When studied with full concentration, a student would quickly understand the given syllabus or portion of syllabus which would help reduce consumed time and increase the productivity of the student.
- Stress Reduction: One of the major problems a student faces throughout his/her life is stress and its proper management. Meditation is one such activity that is majorly practiced to reduce stress. It helps get back the body in a calm and relaxed state by uniform regulation of breaths throughout the body. It eases down the mind by helping to reduce stress-causing triggers and keeping them minimal. Meditation is a major contributor in releasing happy hormones in the body of the practitioner so that too induces happiness and reduces stress in students if they practice it regularly.
- Healthy Body: Meditation works primarily on focusing on inhaling and exhaling which ensures equal and uniform flow of air in body cells. A healthy body constitutes healthy cells and meditation helps in generating those cells by providing a uniform flow of air in all the cells of the body which eventually helps them become healthy and generates new cells. Along with generating healthy body cells, meditation helps in improving the immune system, energy level, lessens heart problems, inflammatory diseases, and respiratory problems reduce blood pressure and help prevent many menstrual and female health-related problems.
- Relieving Anxiety: Anxiety has become that terrifying reality today which has not left anyone untouched. Be it a student, teacher or anyone falling into any preferred age group, anxiety has consumed almost everyone at some point in time. While some people get anxiety attacks rarely, there are a number of people who face anxiety and panic attacks on a regular basis. Meditation works wonders here when it comes to relieving anxiety. Regular practicing of meditation can lead to lessening in anxiety as well as to a point where it would not even exist in one’s body and mind. It helps to look at the problem causing thoughts, contemplate them and finally let them go out of their heads. Although to relieve anxiety quickly, one needs to sit down calmly for 10-30 minutes and focus on the breathing pattern. Breathe slowly and deeply by inhaling for 5 seconds and trying to exhale for at least 10 seconds. Keep on repeating this for the next 30 minutes and you will feel relieved from anxiety.
- Psychological Benefits: Apart from affecting your body, meditation has a great impact on your psychological health too. It varies to a wide range when it comes to talking about the positive effects of meditation on a person psychologically. It increases empathy and compassion by enhancing the feeling to help each other out and be at service for those in need by rewiring the brain in a way that it understands the situation of another person. Such quality is one significant attribute that is required in a student in order to develop healthy social relationships. Meditation also focuses on working on the pre-frontal cortex of the brain which is considered as the learning center of the human brain. So by strengthening this integral part of the brain, a student tends to improve his or her brain health which results in good academic and personal growth.
- Drugs, Nicotine, and Alcohol Addiction: At the age when a young mind wants to explore every possible thing that he or she has access to, they sometimes tend to fall towards some negative side like drug, alcohol or nicotine addiction. Meditation has been found as a helping hand in coming out of these addictions and keeping them aside along with providing a healthy body and mind. Researchers have proved that meditation has been one of the best tools for recovering from addiction. As it is an easy process to learn and execute in daily life, meditation helps to calm a person’s mind without the use of drugs, alcohol or nicotine. It sends happy signals to the mind which drugs and other addictions do and this way, a body stays out from the menace of these addictions and stays healthy and happy.