Benefits of Meditation include:
The World Health Organization states that stress has been called "the health epidemic of the 21st Century." When stressed, our bodies register it as a threat and then the “fight, flight or freeze” response kicks in. When we continue to stress our bodies with this response, our overall health deteriorates and possibly become dangerous. By being chronically stressed, our body is continually pumping and building up stress hormones that can lead to illnesses. Stress can emerge as anxiety, depression, fear, anger, poor concentration, insomnia, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, panic attacks, gastrointestinal problems, and the list goes on.
Now, we have the power to control our stress so it doesn't get away from us to the point of severe illness. Envision having the ability to handle the most stressful and challenging situations which we will always experience in life. A way to do this is through a meditation and mindfulness practice.
Anxiety - Anxiety disorders affects millions of Americans. People struggling with anxiety increases.
Workplace Stress - Today's employees are struggling with higher demands, long hours, conflicts with co-workers and bosses, lack of control, and job insecurity. This leads to depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing on tasks, sleeping difficulties, lateness, disability, missed deadlines, errors, and job turnover. For employers, this leads to increased financial cost and decreased productivity for companies. According to University of Massachusetts Lowell, "job stress is estimated to cost American companies more than $300 billion a year in health costs, absenteeism and poor performance."
Children/Teens Stress - Anxiety is a significant problem in childhood and adolescents. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect at least one in eight children, and appears to be rising. “The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 25 percent of 13- to 18-year olds will experience an anxiety disorder – an increase of twentyfold over the past 30 years. If left untreated, these kids are more likely to perform poorly at school, miss out on important social experiences and engage in substance abuse.” Anxiety disorders is a common mental health condition in children and adolescents (Massachusetts General Hospital). Anxiety can start as soon as Kindergarten. This is not the occasional worries or fears.