You’ve probably heard about morning meditation, but why do you need it and that are the benefits of morning meditation? I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve asked a friend how they were doing and heard “busy” as the response. Everyone I know is busy. I’m busy. A million things are demanding our time and attention every single day. I think most of us spend our time running as fast as we can to keep up.
That morning meditation for anxiety is a thing is somewhat surprising, though. If you’re anything like me, your morning routine involves about 20 minutes in the shower and another ten getting dressed. Who has time to sit around thinking between work, school, family obligations, and social media?
But morning meditation for anxiety or morning mindfulness does not mean spending hours in contemplation at the start of every day. Rather than doing all this thinking yourself, morning mindfulness would be better served by slowing down and listening to what your body tells you. Whether it feels relaxed or nervous, anxious or cheerful, might indicate how your day will go. Then take some time to proceed with morning activities mindfully.
Morning meditation has been shown to help reduce anxiety throughout the day, especially in students who struggle with high stress levels. If your morning is already a busy one, this may be a hard sell. But a study conducted at the University of California suggests that morning mediation helps people focus on whatever they have to do right now rather than thinking about what came before or what might come after. This temporary relief from anxiety can “carry over” so you can approach tasks more calmly all day long.
There are many ways to practice morning meditation for anxiety, but I suggest starting small if possible. Some good options include deep breathing exercises and visualization techniques for calming yourself down when you’re feeling anxious.
Experts agree that morning mindfulness can help you break your morning anxiety cycle and put yourself in a better frame of mind for the day ahead. There’s no reason not to give it a try. If only five minutes, first thing in the morning, helps you feel calmer all day long, why wouldn’t you?
The Science Behind Meditation
Do you find yourself too busy to sit down and eat a meal, let alone meditate for 20 minutes morning and night? That’s just the way it is in our modern world: we’re all expected to be productive members of society with whatever art or profession we practice. So how can we possibly add meditation into the mix without feeling overwhelmed by everything else that’s going on?
Don’t worry; here are some reasons why morning meditation is good for you, no matter how busy your schedule claims to be. And if you feel like adding meditation is impossible because of all the other responsibilities in your life, don’t forget about meditation apps that can help you squeeze it in. They’re beneficial and user-friendly, and they can help you find that meditation time in your morning or night routine.
Although it may seem impossible to fit morning meditation into your morning and night routines, it isn’t. Not only are there apps for this purpose, but scientists have found that morning meditation is good for your health no matter how busy you are. Yes, even if you’re a busy mom with two young children who keep frantically running around all day long to different activities, morning meditating will be good for you. And the cool thing is the science behind why it’s good for you has been proved by recent medical studies.
So sit back and read these scientific reasons why morning meditation is good for you even if you’re busy. They will convince you that this habit of morning and night meditating should be a priority in your life, no matter how busy you think you are or how much sleep you’re getting at night (hint: not enough). And if morning meditation is not an option for you, because, let’s face it: morning time is often the hardest for people to find, make sure to read through nighttime meditation benefits as well.
These science-based reasons aren’t just one scientist’s opinion about why morning meditation will benefit your health; they have been proved by medical studies conducted worldwide. So sit back knowing this next part isn’t just some guru’s opinion about meditation being suitable for everyone who practices it morning and night; it’s the truth. And if you’re still not convinced of morning meditation, at least try morning. You never know what kind of benefits you’ll see from just a 20-minute morning session.
Science-Backed Reasons Why Morning Meditation Is Good for You:
1. Increases self-control: When we meditate, our brains secrete more serotonin and dopamine than usual. These neurotransmitters play an important role in regulating our emotions and making decisions about things like food cravings. This means morning meditation is good for helping us with those “I want to eat everything” moments that often pop up when we’re stressed or feeling unhappy (this happens even if you’re an early riser).
2. Slows down aging: As we get older, our brain cells decrease in size, which means the speed at which chemical information is transmitted from one cell to another slows down. This process has been linked to age-related mental diseases, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. We know that meditation can help protect the brain cells against damage. Still, recent studies have shown that meditation may also slow down or even reverse this shrinking brain cell issue by increasing gray matter density. That’s scientific jargon for saying meditation helps increase your self-control and improves your decision-making skills, so you don’t engage in the same kind of behavior that causes the damage in the first place.
3. Increases your creativity: Everyone knows what it’s like to be “in a creative rut,” but morning meditation can help you get out of this frustrating slump. Meditation increases blood flow and activity in certain parts of your brain, specifically those areas associated with decision making, planning, solving problems, memory, learning new skills, and other cognitive processes that require imagination (the exact parts that are often decreased during “creative slumps”). So morning and night meditation is good for increasing your creativity because it helps you develop different ways to solve problems or find new ideas without resorting to caffeine or sweets (like morning chocolate cake).
4. Helps treat addiction: Meditation can also be good for addiction because it helps you overcome the cravings and urges to engage in certain activities (like morning chocolate cake, morning coffee with morning chocolate cake, morning muffin with morning chocolate. You get the idea). Meditation has a physical effect on your brain. When your brain releases chemicals during meditation, like serotonin and dopamine, this process creates new pathways between neurons that help you decrease cravings. So next time you’re fighting an urge to do something like eating sugary foods (and trust me: every yogi knows about those morning sugar cravings), remember that morning meditation is good for helping you fight off all kinds of unwanted habits.
5. Lowers blood pressure: Morning stress is natural; we’ve all experienced the grumpy morning grouch. But morning meditation is good for lowering your morning stress levels, even if you’re a morning morning morning morning early riser. Meditation has been shown to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate, which are vital in helping prevent heart attacks or strokes.
6. Increases your productivity: “It’s 10 a.m., why haven’t I meditated yet?” We’ve all had this thought before–the one that makes us realize how much time we wasted not meditating with our busy schedules. Yet another study found that morning meditation can increase your productivity by up to 30%. This is because it also increases memory function, focus, concentration, planning ability, and reasoning skills (all things you need to be productive at work).
7. Makes morning yoga more accessible: I don’t know about you, but morning yoga is my happy place (well, that and morning chocolate cake, of course). We all have those morning mornings where it feels like more than just lack of sleep is standing in our way of morning practice–we’re just not feeling it. Meditation can give you the extra push for morning yoga by increasing your energy levels. A study found that morning meditation was correlated with higher morning energy levels, which may help you feel less tired during your early morning yoga sessions.
8. Gives you an appreciation for life: Yes! Meditation can even improve your overall sense of satisfaction with life. Scientists studied people who meditated regularly and found that it improved their sense of fulfillment, optimism, happiness, etc.
9. Makes you more likable: I mean, technically, meditation can make you famous (don’t roll your eyes; think about the people in your life that you admire and why). Scientists studied medical students before exams to see if meditation would increase performance. They found that the medical students who meditated regularly had better results than those who did not. So basically, what we’re saying is that meditation makes everything better (and this article isn’t even close to being over yet), which means it will make all of your friendships and relationships closer and more meaningful.
10. Increases endurance: If you’ve ever tried morning yoga, walking the dog at dawn, or morning surfing (yes, morning surfing), you know that morning motivation can be hard to come by. But here’s the thing–a morning meditation session can give you that boost of morning energy, making everything else in your life more enjoyable too. Scientists did another study and found that morning people who meditated before doing any exercise were better able to focus on their tasks than morning people who didn’t meditate beforehand. And really, what could be good about not being focused while you’re out taking a morning walk with your dog?
11. Increases productivity at work: Did you know that meditation is scientifically proven to increase your ability to concentrate? I’ve often wondered if this was why so many lawyers, doctors, tech gurus, and other professionals swear by morning meditation. They don’t want to lose their morning motivation or morning focus while they’re out in the morning world doing morning things like morning meetings, morning conferences, morning speeches (I could go on all day with this). So you can increase your chances of a productive morning at work by meditating beforehand.
12. Reduces depression: Morning people feel that morning-afternoon-evening up and down emotional roller coaster more than most. This is because it’s tough to adjust to sleep schedules during the weekdays. Heck, pretty much everyone struggles with this one–even those who aren’t early birds have been known to complain about those Monday morning Mondays from time to time. But morning meditation can help with morning depression because it boosts morning neurotransmitters, which reduces morning levels of morning cortisol. A morning person will know that morning cortisol is the hormone that makes you feel stressed out. High morning cortisol has been known to cause anxiety, mood swings, etc. So basically, morning meditation works as a morning antidepressant.
13. Helps manage the chronic disease: Meditation also increases your immune system’s ability to fight off colds and similar morning sicknesses. Scientists analyzed medical data from people who had experienced traumatic events (car accidents, cancer diagnoses, infertility issues) and found that those who meditated regularly were better able to manage their stress than those who didn’t. And really, what could be better than getting through difficult morning obstacles like morning sicknesses with less stress, morning anxiety, and morning depression?