If you’re looking for something a little different for your holiday this year, why not try a meditation getaway? People have been meditating for thousands of years but only recently have scientists demonstrated the health benefits of this process, particularly when paired with taking some time away from your day to day routine.
Improve your concentration
Studies have shown that practising meditation on a regular basis can train your brain to become more focused. This is because those who meditate have been found to have more stability in their ventral posteromedial cortex, the area of our brains that is linked to spontaneous thoughts and daydreaming. Having more control over this means we’re better equipped to deal with long periods of concentration compared to those who don’t meditate.
Increase your self-confidence
Our self-confidence plays a huge role in how happy we feel and a lack of it can often prevent us from leading our lives to the full. As you begin meditating, you will begin to relax, and soon you’ll find that your problems will have dissipated from your consciousness. As your meditation grows deeper, you may lose awareness of your physical body and instead begin to focus on paying more attention to your self-talk. This means that you’ll become more aware of the way that you think and, by mastering your inner voice through meditation, change the negative thoughts you may have about yourself.
Combat stress and anxiety
Meditation is known to reduce unwanted feelings such as anger, stress and anxiety and this can help to lower blood pressure, thus decreasing your risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. Not only that, regarding your mental wellbeing, meditation will help you unlearn the manufactured response we know as stress, and you’ll soon begin to deal with the pressures of daily life a lot better than you ever did before. Meditation has been known to counteract the effects of your sympathetic nervous system, that which causes our fight or flight response. Instead, it directs the blood flow to the parasympathetic nervous system that triggers rest and relaxation.
Help you achieve a positive outlook
Negative thinking usually occurs in cycles, and when we’re going through one of these cycles, we might find that one incident can make us feel unhappy for a longer period. Spending quality time meditating will break this cycle, improve your overall outlook on life and you’ll soon begin to feel as though you can achieve anything. It’s no surprise that those who meditate regularly tend to be happier people because, after all, a happy mind makes for a positive attitude.
Once you’ve read up on the potential benefits of a meditation getaway, you’ll need to decide where to go. The benefits that we’ve listed can often be improved further if you meditate outdoors so why not try some holidays in North Wales where you can meditate amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.