No one can deny that 2020 was a stressful year but there are things that you can do to manage stress, which can be beneficial for your mind and body, especially if you suffer from incontinence. An effective way of improving the health of your mind and body is meditation for stress, and it’s for both your mental and physical health.
As stress can worsen your symptoms of urinary incontinence, because it triggers your fight or flight response, iD has gathered the top ways in which meditation can help the psychological and physical, which can positively affect your bladder health.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
The main benefit of meditation is stress reduction. Mental and physical stress can increase your levels of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, which produces the harmful effects of stress, including an urgency to go to the loo. It can also help to reduce anxiety. Meditating for stress is, therefore, a really useful tool for improving your overall mental health.
- Meditation improves emotional health and wellbeing
It does this by improving cognition, stabilising stress and increasing empathy. With these positive effects in place, it’s hard not to feel better in your mind and body!
- Reduce feelings of pain and alleviate issues certain conditions
If you experience chronic pain, mindfulness can also reduce pain sensations in the body without using the brain’s natural pain relievers. Also, it may help with fibromyalgia (a long-term condition that causes pain throughout the body), migraines and irritable bowel syndrome.
- May reduce age-related memory loss
As meditation improves your attention span and clarity of thinking, it helps keep your mind young. A review even found initial evidence that it can boost attention and memory in older volunteers.
As you can imagine, all these wonderful benefits of meditation can leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and healthy in both your mind and body.
Bladder weakness doesn’t necessarily exist on its own, so if you experience any other health conditions, meditation may help them too! Now you’re meditating for stress relief, you might like to improve your bodily (and bladder) health even further.
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