Stay Calm and Focused with Meditation

There's something about starting a new year that makes you want to conquer the world. Of course, that means your to-do list is likely bigger than ever. So, how do you maintain your momentum and "can do it" attitude without getting overwhelmed? Meditate.

How Om-ing Does Its Thing
Studies show that daily meditation can change your gray matter. Regular meditation gradually rewires your brain and, over time, produces high-frequency brain waves that increase your ability to focus, pay attention, learn, and remember -- all things that can help you reach your goals this year. Studies of Buddhist monks have found that if you meditate daily, these brain waves can stay ramped up permanently -- particularly in the region where you think happy thoughts.

Need more reasons to practice this ancient art form? Meditation helps with stress, sleep, blood pressure, staying young, and finding calm in the middle of chaos. With each deep, steady breath you take, you generate alpha brainwaves that let you relax and mentally move away from things that are bothering you.

Go on, give it a try:

  • Find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Close your eyes to help you stay focused.
  • Pick a simple word to help clear your mind (om really is a good one), and slowly repeat it as you breathe in and out, deeply and regularly.
  • Redirect your focus to the rhythmic pattern of your breathing if odd thoughts or little twinges crop up (they will).

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RealAge Benefits

Taking care of your emotional health and well-being can make your RealAge up to 16 years younger.