Are you one of the estimated 200 to 500 million people globally who practice meditation? If not, it might be time to join them—and you can easily do so from the comfort of your own home in Redlands! With so much uncertainty and stress in today’s world, it can be challenging to focus and stay positive. As an effective way to combat these pressures, try meditation! Here are three reasons why your daily routine should include it:

Improves Memory

A 2019 study found that engaging in mindfulness (a type of mediation) improves short-term memory and also increases the size of the brain’s memory center (hippocampus). How does meditation do all of this? It’s all about being in the present.

“When you try to learn something new, it’s difficult to do it because you have all these past memories that interfere,” says Jonathan Greenberg, lead author of the study. “It makes a lot of sense that mindfulness might improve that, because the tendency to attend to the present moment is a core concept of mindfulness.”

Stabilizes Stress

From everyday worries to big life-changing events, life can take its toll on your stress levels. Meditation can help you manage!

“Meditation brings short-term stress relief as well as lasting stress management benefits,” according to Very Well Mind. “When you’re focused on the here-and-now, you won’t be able to ruminate about something that already happened and you can’t worry about something in the future. Meditation and mindfulness take practice, but it can make a big difference in your overall stress level.”

Increases Life Satisfaction

According to one study on mindfulness, this type of “training has a rapid and measurable impact on subjective well-being.” This outcome was seen in participants who used a mindfulness-based smartphone app for a short time. This is an easy, low-cost way to quickly improve your life!

If you feel that your stress levels have increased this year, you are not alone! Fortunately, there’s something that you can do daily to combat these symptoms. Add meditation to your life today, and you can enjoy the benefits of improved memory, stabilized stress, and increased life satisfaction. That sounds like a positive future to us!