Everyone from high-flying celebrities to wildly successful entrepreneurs have, of late, extolled the virtues of meditation.
From increasing the amount of grey matter in the brain (that area that gives us our â€œinformation processing powerâ€) to noticeably reducing blood pressure, there are benefits to meditation beyond a little extra pep in your step.
One particular study, for example, found an additional benefit for those who experience higher levels of anxiety than others. The study of 82 anxiety-suffering participants from the University of Waterloo, found just 10Â minutes of daily meditation can help to change the focus of overriding worries by restricting mind-wandering.
â€œMind wandering accounts for nearly half of any personâ€™s daily stream of consciousness,â€ said researcher Mengran Xu, the studyâ€™s researcher. â€œFor people with anxiety, repetitive off-task thoughts can negatively affect their ability to learn, to complete tasks, or even function safely.â€
The focus of meditation provided the additional benefit of helping participants focus on other things, as opposed to their own anxious thoughts.
â€œ[We] found that meditation practice appears to help anxious people to shift their attention from their own internal worries to the present-moment external world, which enables better focus on a task at hand.â€
This second study from Yale University mirrors the findings, by showing that meditation leads to a decrease in activity in the default mode network of the brain, which is responsible for mind-wandering.
Need any more reasons to give it a go?