Meditation has now become one of the primary solutions for helping with stress, mental health and many other health problems. Other benefits include a positive effect on our overall well being such as better health, sleep, focus, less worries and less anxiety. It’s no wonder why meditation has become an important exercise for all genders.
Why should women meditate?
With so many benefits you can gain from, meditation can dramatically transform your everyday life. It’s also essential for improving self-awareness and detaching yourself from feelings or emotions and learning to let go of negative thinking that affects your life.
There are many kinds of meditation techniques that you can try at your home right now. One of the primary methods is sitting in silence and freeing your mind by focusing on your breathing. This process can take only a few minutes of your time. It’s the most used technique by people who have a busy lifestyle and wants to detach their mind from daily stress, worries or frustrations.
The next technique is a concept method where you focus your thinking on specific events or facts and letting your mind wander and create a positive and meaningful scenario. This is ideal for women who want to create a positive relationship with their surroundings.
Yoga meditation is essential if you want to add some physical movement to your practice. It involves practising poses and postures of your body while practising breathing exercises at the same time. It contains various types of exercise including the third eye meditation where you shift your full attention on the middle spot between your eyebrows. It provides silent gaps for your mind while you focus solely on that spot.
Another useful technique is the ‘I Am’ meditation. It’s the perfect practice for women who want to discover their true and authentic self. The practice is about focusing your mind and being on the word ‘I am’ and let your mind go deep into the word.
According to recent research, as of 2016 the biggest threat the overall health of women in the UK (including current and future generations) is obesity. More than 50% of women over the age of 30 are currently overweight, and the chances only increase with age until close to retirement age. The scale of the problem is very large, but in most cases obesity is still treated as a secondary concern. Perhaps the overall impact on health is still not recognised, despite much high profile research being conducted and published in the field.
Most of the most high profile information available details the basic risks of becoming overweight. For example, type 2 diabetes is an increasingly common condition that can develop over time, especially in people who are genetically predisposed to it. Its causes are directly linked with intake of sugar and fat, so people are generally aware of this particular risk, but perhaps it is considered something that only affects the most overweight people. Even the risk of cancer being increased by obesity, particularly certain types, is fairly well known but not commonly seen as a catalyst for change.
An example that may be less commonly known or discussed is the risk to pregnant women in particular from being overweight or obese. The children of obese mothers have a lower chance of surviving in the womb until full term, with premature births or miscarriages being more likely. Furthermore, the conditions inside the womb are different which can be linked to predisposition to particular diseases later in the child’s life, including the aforementioned type 2 diabetes. Recent research has shown that mothers who gain too much weight actually alter the genetic makeup of their babies, putting them at a permanently higher risk of developing weight-related health issues.
Overall it seems that the problem is made worse rather than improving. One major stumbling block is education, because many people seem unwilling to educate themselves, or even take positive action based on what they have been told, since it can be more convenient in the short term to live in ignorance. This is the most likely psychological explanation for so many people struggling to break their unhealthy relationships with food, and fostering destructive eating habits. It has been suggested that therapy should be given a higher priority as a course of treatment for obesity.
Regardless of the political implications of Britain’s impending European Union exit, professionals within the healthcare sector have been almost unanimous when speaking out against the decision. There are various issues that we can expect to be raised as a result, some of them affecting our health as a nation either directly or indirectly. Here are the top four areas we expect to see suffer as a result of the EU exit.
4) Medical research – Without the EU, there are more barriers to efficiently sharing scientific research between countries. The UK currently benefits greatly from the information our own researchers have access to overseas, but being increasingly isolated from this will likely make progress slower, and we may miss out on crucial developments.
3) Smoking – European health campaigns against smoking tobacco have been supported by the EU and highly effective. Moreover, EU laws limiting the advertising that cigarette companies can undertake have had a great effect on UK businesses. Removing these restrictions may leave UK consumers more vulnerable to the exploitation of the resulting loopholes, and we know based on decades of evidence that advertising tobacco smoking is extremely costly for overall public health. Continue Reading