The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined fitness as the ‘ability to perform muscular work satisfactorily‘. However, “Wellness” according to WHO is a much larger perspective. According to WHO, “Wellness is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
We keep harping – What is the point in having 6 pack abs or having an hourglass figure if you are not happy and psychologically fit!? This is particularly true in today’s high-stress world, where lifestyle diseases, stress due to work, personal issues etc are plenty. The number of people fighting hypertension, anxiety, and depression is on the rise!
Meditation is a simple, yet highly effective method to fight this! And meditation does not necessarily mean, we have to sit down squatting in a dark room and chant! Even if we could sit spine erect, close the eyes and watch/observe our own breath, it will do wonders for our psychological well being. If you cannot squat down on the floor, you may sit on a chair comfortably with an erect spine and less stress on the back and rest the hands on the lap to meditate.
Meditation can also improve your memory, improve focus and attention span, reduce anxiety and tension, improve sleep and emotional health, enhance self-awareness etc.