Your Body on Meditation

The benefits of taking a moment to clear your mind can last all day.

Do you ever feel like you have a million thoughts zipping around in your brain? Or maybe it’s just a few thoughts you keep obsessing over? Either way, there’s a simple trick to get your brain to calm down. It’s called meditation. Meditation helps clear your mind of unwanted thoughts. Often people do it by focusing on their breathing or repeating a word in their mind. However you do it, meditation is a great way to reduce stress and give your brain a break. In fact, studies have found that meditation greatly improves symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can boost your performance at school and even help you sleep better at night. Keep reading to learn more about the positive effects meditation can have on your body, brain, and mood.


Meditation can improve your mood by reducing activity in the parts of the brain responsible for negative emotions such as fear, sadness, and anger.


When you feel stressed, your heart rate and blood pressure increase. Meditation counteracts that stress response, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

Immune System

Over time, meditation may alter the genes associated with your immune system, improving your body’s ability to fight off infections and disease.


The deep, controlled breathing you practice while meditating can improve your lung capacity. That can give you greater stamina for exercise and prevent you from feeling out of breath.


Meditation can increase your attention span, making it easier for you to concentrate. It can also strengthen the portion of your brain responsible for learning and memory.

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