In today's fast-paced world, where stress and anxiety seem to be constants, finding effective ways to support mental well-being is essential. Meditation, an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years, is a simple yet effective way to combat stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues, especially for veterans.
At Internal Expressions: Resetting Health and Life, in Aldie, Virginia, life coach and Navy veteran Michael Williams helps active and retired military members gain perspective, balance, and emotional well-being by teaching them mindfulness meditation.
Meditation is a mental practice where you focus your mind and take deep breaths to achieve a state of mental clarity, emotional calmness, and increased awareness.
In mindfulness meditation, in addition to deep breathing, you focus your attention on the present moment, observing thoughts and sensations without judgment. The goal is to learn to be fully present in each moment, observing everything within and around you.
Internal Expressions' Michael Williams has specialized training in mindfulness meditation and regularly practices it. He is dedicated to helping others find mental clarity and calm through this practice.
Reduced stress and anxiety are among the most well-known benefits of meditation. But, studies have shown that there are many more health benefits to this ancient practice. Here are a few:
By focusing your attention on your breath regularly, you can transfer that skill to focus on a task or project. Studies show that daily meditation can help enhance your concentration and also boost your working memory.
One study found that after a three-month meditation retreat, participants showed fewer signs of depression and improved stress resilience. Other studies found that mediation reduced the occurrence of depressive symptoms.
By helping you get calm and relaxed, meditation can help you fall asleep quicker. Additionally, studies show that it can improve your quality of sleep.
Meditation encourages self-reflection and introspection, which leads to heightened self-awareness. By becoming self-aware of negative patterns, habits, and routines, you can make positive changes to reverse or modify them.
Meditation can help reduce many of the symptoms of PTSD, such as anger, avoidance, anxiety, and stress. Studies have shown that ongoing meditation practice, in conjunction with other PTSD treatments, can help people feel more in control, present, and non-reactive.
If you're ready to learn more about the benefits of meditation and how to do it, call Internal Expressions: Resetting Health and Life to make an appointment with Michael. Or, you can schedule one online.