Is it possible that regular meditation, could benefit your health and well-being as much as taking a vacation?

According to the experts at the Harvard Health Blog, “…growing evidence suggests multiple psychological and physical benefits of these mindfulness exercises.” – Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Harvard Health Blog Contributor

How does meditation benefit you?

Meditation decreases:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Pain
  • Inflammation

Meditation improves:

  • General health
  • Mental health
  • Quality of life
  • Immune response

So what about the benefits of vacation?

Investigated studies suggest that vacation does result in real, positive effects on health and well-being, however temporarily. A trial study was conducted and outlined in Monique Tello's article, “Regular Meditation More Benefitical Than Vacation”, on the Harvard Health Blog, establishing two study groups. One group enjoyed vacationing only and a separate group of participants enjoyed a meditation retreat conducting daily meditation sessions.

The participants who vacationed experienced positivie benefits, but only for a temporary period of time. The vacation participants then returned to their baseline shortly after the vacation. However, the meditation participants experienced lasting benefits following the meditation retreat and continued to prolong these benefits through regular meditation practice.

So what’s the difference?

Research shows that vacation has beneficial but temporary effects, while meditation and mindfulness therapies have sustained beneficial effects.

To read more about the study and research conducted to achieve these findings, visit the Harvard Health Blog article.

Meditation and yoga can boost immunity, and regular practice seems to promote more complex genetic effects related to healthier aging.
— Monique Tello, MD, MPH, Harvard Health Blog Contributor

 

Source: “Regular Meditation More Benefitical Than Vacation”, Harvard Health Blog, October 27, 2016, by Monique Tello, MD, MPH