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Why You Should Make Meditation a New Year Resolution

by Elaine Clara Mah

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In the blink of an eye, we’re here again, at the very beginning of a brand new year. As we sit down and plan our resolutions for the year, think about what would most benefit us? What do we need in life?

As a meditation enthusiast, I would say meditation is what you will need most in life! But don’t take my word for it. Try it out yourself. Make meditation a New Year resolution and watch as it changes your life for the better. And if you need a bit more of a push, here are 5 solid reasons why you should.


We Need to Slow Down


Have you ever felt like there is never enough time in a day? Are you always rushing from one place to another, fearing of missing a meeting? Our lives these days are all about rushing. Rushing to work, rushing to yoga, rushing to get home. This is the year to slow down, to stop and smell the roses. Practicing meditation will help you do just that.

The very premise of meditation is to slow down. Quiet the mind and focus on the present. Practicing meditation will stop us from feeling the need to rush through each day, but instead to live it.


We Need to Stop Stressing Out


You’ve heard it a million times now that stress is bad for you. But just how bad is it? For one, stress prohibits sleep, which leads to a lack of rest, which then leads to stress. Stress activates your adrenalines, increasing your heart rate and blood pressure levels.

Studies have found that meditation is an effective tool to lower stress levels as it elicits relaxation, which will counter the fight and flight mode that your body enters when stressed.


We Need to Eat Healthier


We’re living in the age of fast food and highly processed meals. These meals, catering to our need to rush, are generally bad for our health. But so many of us are unaware of what we put into our bodies. Do we really know what we’re eating on a daily basis?

Being mindful is a big part of meditation and mindfulness also includes mindful eating. The most basic part of mindful eating is to understand what your food is and where it comes from. This mindfulness will inadvertently lead you towards a healthier lifestyle and a healthier you!


We Need to Be More Productive


Let’s face it. Meditation won’t be your sole New Year resolution this year. There are probably quite a number of other items on the list that you’d like to tick off before 2017 ends.

By adding meditation to the mix, you will not only be more productive at work, you will also be able to easily achieve your other goals instead of falling off the bandwagon prematurely! Meditation’s ability to improve sleep, lower stress levels and keep you healthy will mean that you will be in prime condition to do what you’re set out to do. Be it getting that work promotion, or going to yoga classes more often, you’ll surely feel more energized and proactive in whatever you choose to do.


We Need to Manage Our Expectations


As pumped up about the year as you feel now, you need to also remember that you will encounter bumps and challenges along the way. Perhaps not all your resolutions will be complete, and perhaps you will feel demotivated at some point.

Meditation teaches us to be aware of these challenges, and of our limitations. It teaches us to accept, let go and move on. Meditation allows the mind to feel and react, but then at the end of the day, it helps us to not grasp unto negative thoughts, but to let it go and move on.

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