One hundred and eighty-four countries are working day and night to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, with over 1.3 million confirmed cases, as per Johns Hopkins University and Medicine’s live updates. Around 20 percent of the world population is under lockdown. Streets are empty, hospitals are full; the global economy is vulnerable, and so is life. For every individual who is at the centre of this chaos, finding calm is becoming more and more difficult.
The fear of contracting the virus, the concern for the safety of our loved ones, and living in self-isolation for weeks have made us live our worst nightmares. Various organisations around the world have reported a sharp rise in the cases of anxiety, stress, and depression in people since the outbreak. We have doctors and researchers fighting the COVID-19 virus, but only we can heal our mind, fortunately for which the cure is already there—meditation. If you are one of those who practice meditation daily, you are aware of its power. Those who haven’t meditated ever, now is the time to do so.
The gentle touch of meditation not only calms the whirring mind but helps you become more optimistic. It heals you from within and helps you rejuvenate—as if you are born again with a quiet and calm environment in front of you. The rewards that come with meditation are aplenty. Let’s take a look at a few of them:
Keeps you calm
When you begin your day with meditation, you remain calm for the entire day. Regular meditation releases dopamine and serotonin (the happy hormone) in the body, which reduces the release of stress hormones and maintains your calmness.
Streamlines thoughts and emotions
Daily meditation helps you acknowledge and comprehend your thoughts and emotions better. When you are in sync with your emotions, you’re better equipped to recognise your thoughts, your inhibitions, and the emotional walls you may have erected between you and your loved ones. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco showed that meditation helped people control their negative expressions, as opposed to those who did not meditate; resulting in better interaction between people.