Besides its impact on the lives of the people, their livelihoods and the economy, COV-ID-19 has deeply affected their mental health. Even without the pandemic, there was always a lot of competition to excel in every field, and people all over the world live in boundless stress. It is, thus, important to stay stress-free to avoid such a situation.

To cope with stress, meditation is a very helpful technique.

Conscious men and women in the urban areas have set aside a routine to engage in meditation, although this might not be adequate compared to the actual need. But when it comes to rural women and men, they are very much deprived. They may not have even heard about meditation in their whole life.

If we can spread the value of meditation among the people, they would greatly benefit.

Meditation is beneficial for the brain to keep it working without stress. The brain acts as the control room of the body, fulfilling important responsibilities even when we are asleep. The brain relaxes when we sleep, when we close our eyes, or when we meditate. This rest increases the efficiency of the brain.

Every human being should also practice their religion and the accompanying rituals. Religion gives peace to the mind and increases the desire to work and make the people stronger.

People keep their eyes closed during religious activities and meditation. This relaxes the eyes, forehead, neck, head, nerves and muscles around the eyes. Every cell of the brain also rests during meditation. This will also help decrease headaches and neck pain. Oxygen reaches every corner of the brain. This oxygen-rich blood circulates throughout the body through the veins, which, in turn, nourishes other parts of the body. Oxygenated blood increases the efficiency of the body. As a result, stress hormones or diabetic hormones are reduced. Hypertension also comes under control.

Regular meditation also reduces the risk of heart disease.

Studies have shown that people who regularly meditate or engage in religious activities have less stress hormones in their blood. These stress hormones are responsible for heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Meditation also boosts a person’s self-confidence.

Meditation can be practiced by men and women of all ages.

We should meditate to enhance our performance and encourage relatives or neighbors to do likewise.

When we look at the developed countries, we see that the people there take regular walks and meditate. When working in an office in a city, it is difficult to get out for some air and physical exercise. However, if we try, we can always find some time to make all of these apart from our daily routine.

A version of this article appears in the print on February 7, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.