The Power Of Mindfulness Against Alzheimer’s
In all of its unpredictability, life comes with a set of unique possibilities for each of us. From the way we consume food, to how we shape our thoughts, every single one of our decisions has a profound impact on our overall well-being. However, despite all of our efforts, life also tends to present us with tremendous challenges, so it becomes up to us to use all of our faculties to minimize their harm and preserve our peace.
The idea of slowly losing one’s ability to remember, retain information or knowledge, and ultimately even independence can be a paralyzing one. What matters most is not to remain still in the face of such a challenge, but to find healing methods that will help us protect our quality of life as much as possible – and meditation is proving to be one of the best methods to do so.
Preventing and Reversing Memory Loss
One of the earliest symptoms that point to various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is forgetfulness and memory loss. The key is in using mindful meditation to help your brain restore its capabilities and improve your memory lies in spotting the symptoms as early as possible. That way, regular, daily practice of meditation can truly have the greatest potential in making a difference. Studies have revealed that even as little as 12 minutes every day, whether it’s meditation only or listening to music, helps in restoring memory in people who have started exhibiting the initial memory loss symptoms.
Physically Changes the Brain
More often than not, people feel the need to look for physical evidence of something being effective in order to introduce that particular habit into their life. Luckily for us, meditation has been researched much more recently, and we have seen how the brain’s very structure can be changed with the help of meditation – for the better, of course! One particular part of your brain, called the hippocampus, which is key in memory and learning among other vital abilities, increases in thickness when you meditate on a regular basis. Additionally, the part of your brain which is called amygdala and is in charge of your stress response, weakens over time, making your more resilient to stressful triggers.
Reduces Anxiety and Feelings of Isolation
Once the symptoms of Alzheimer’s start pouring in and forcing a person to change their life, there is bound to be a certain level of anxiety, often followed by many other negative feelings. Failing to recognize your loved ones or to remember certain milestones in life can also amplify the feeling of isolation, which further contributes to anxiety. There are many steps one should consider in this healing process, from finding optimal home care packages to ensure proper medical and emotional support, all the way to building healthy habits such as meditation. When combined, these steps are extremely powerful in reducing anxiety and depression even at its later stages.
Reduces Stress and Inflammation
Diseases such as Alzheimer’s come with a great deal of stress for those affected, and chronic stress triggers a vicious cycle of hormone imbalances, such as increased cortisol production. That, in turn, leads to more chronic inflammation, which is another factor that contributes to brain degeneration. While meditation cannot remove the source of stress, it can help you cope with it and become more resilient to the various triggers you’re bound to face. The sooner you start a meditation practice, whether it’s through breathing exercises alone, or by incorporating physical meditation in motion with yoga or walking, the more you will benefit. Such consistent practice can provide your brain with improved coping mechanisms and postpone memory loss as well as other symptoms that result from inflammation and stress.
Boosts Your Mood and Sleep Quality
Among so many ways in which mindfulness helps with brain disease, there are certain effects which will be noticeable almost immediately after you introduce meditation into your life. By reducing the impact of cortisol, meditation is an excellent technique to improve your overall mood. Those who practice on a regular basis notice that they have a more positive outlook on life, and a greater sense of gratitude. Additionally, mindfulness is a powerful tool against insomnia, and we are all familiar with the importance of proper, quality sleep for our brain health. Start meditating before bedtime, and you will soon notice how your quality of sleep improves, despite all the challenges that Alzheimer’s brings.
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