5 Ways Meditation Impacts Your Study Habits

It doesn't matter if you are studying for a final or just looking at notes for a quiz, study habits are formed. Sometimes those habits are unhealthy and harmful. From going on a caffeine binge to depriving oneself of sleep, we look at ways that you can improve those study habits, especially through meditation. Simply taking breaths, managing your time and letting go of the stress that can lead to bad study habits can make a world of difference. 

Meditation practice has been thought to have many benefits. Those who implement meditation practice in their daily life may notice improvements in their overall health and cognitive function. A study conducted at Harvard found that after an eight-week study of participants in meditation and yoga practice, participants had a 43% reduction in medical services than in their previous year.

Now many educators are beginning to take notice of the benefits meditation can have on study habits and overall academic performance. Whether you are studying for college exams or diving deep into onli... here are 5 Ways Meditation Impacts Your Study Habits.

Reduce Stress

The main benefit that brings many practitioners to meditation is the reduction of stress. Meditation can help bring understanding and awareness to the needs of the mind and body. If you've ever experienced a creeping neck or a backache, you have an understanding of how stress can play a role in our physical health, but if our body shows signs of fatigue, what is happening in our brain? Meditation has been shown to reduce the mental stress that can seep into our physical state. With meditation, the brain is trained to clear itself, and while this takes a great deal of practice, those beginning can see benefits in simple breathing exercises.

Improve Focus

We live in a time where there are far too many ways we can be distracted. Meditation practice aims to control our power of focus. Our brains are filled with an abundance of information and it is continuously receiving and transmitting information. Meditation helps the practitioner isolate their thinking so that more brain power can be used towards a particular focus. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced moments where I mind wanders, we are supposed to be thinking about one thing, and instead, we’re focused on another. Meditation practices can help trains our brains to reduce cluttered thinking.

Reduce Depression

Times of stress can often build and lead to bigger and deeper issues like depression and anxiety. Meditation practice has been able to help reduce the amount of anxiety associated with stress that can lead to depression. Our personal happiness can have a great impact on our intelligence according to the Harvard study mentioned above. Joy and happiness allow us to see more clearly, think more clearly, and build a strong connection to our inner needs.

Build Confidence

Self-awareness is a unique benefit of meditation. Being more self-aware can help us have more love and forgiveness for ourselves in times of strength and challenges. Through self-awareness, we can literally change the structure of the paralimbic network of the brain allowing for more flexibility and acceptance--ultimately giving us greater learning capacity. Growth mindset and the ability to persevere are essential when trying to accomplish any goal.

Be More Present

Miss less by becoming more present. Meditation can not only improve your overall attendance but your ability to be aware and present. Meditation can improve our ability to develop healthy relationships with co-workers, peers, and even our own family. With meditation practice, we are training the brain to perceive things in a new way. This response helps us become more active and present listeners.

Meditation practice has been used for centuries and it benefits have been brought to light by many researchers in brain development. If you're a student or someone who feels they can benefit from reducing stress and improved focus, then meditation practice is an easy step towards taking better care of your body. Taking care of our mind and body is essential to living a long and healthy life. Research has shown that meditation, yoga, and mindfulness practice can improve our daily lives.

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