A look at how meditating could change your body inside and out, from boosting your willpower to your brain power, and more.
Meditation has been garnering attention in the public for decades for good reason. Studies have shown meditation to positively influence our body in many ways, from increasing concentration to lowering blood pressure. The science behind it has slowly begun accumulating, with studies identifying effects on the brain even with just a few hours of meditation. Whether you're looking to get a better night's sleep, improve your attention, or work on your willpower, try putting aside a few minutes a day to meditate!
Reduced Chronic Pain
Several studies have found that meditation could alter levels of activity in at least four areas of the brain related to pain. Firstly, it seems to affect activity in the primary somatosensory cortex where pain from the body is perceived. Second, it changes activity in the anterior insula, anterior cingulate cortex and prefrontal cortex, all of which are involved in assessing the pain and figuring out how to respond to it. Meditation might lead to better regulation of pain both by changing the actual perception of pain and by altering the way you respond to it, essentially teaching people how to manage chronic pain from the inside out.