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ducted at UCLA sug­gests that med­i­tat­ing can help thicken the brain and strengthen the con­nec­tions be­tween brain cells, im­prov­ing WKH EUDLQ·V QHXURSODVWL city or the abil­ity to adapt to en­vi­ron­men­tal stres­sors. Med­i­ta­tion also al­lows you to calm your mind down from those all-con­sum­ing neg­a­tive thoughts that you have bounc­ing around in your head on a daily ba­sis.

Agata An­thony is a busy For­tune 500 ex­ec­u­tive at GE Health­care as well as a com­pet­i­tive age-group ath­lete who works hard to bal­ance her train­ing and rac­ing with fre­quent in­ter­na­tional busi­ness trips. She uses the Headspace app (Headspace.com) to help her per­form guided med­i­ta­tions in an ef­fort to re­duce stress and keep her mind and body runQLQJ DW SHDN HIÀFLHQF\ “While med­i­ta­tion in the­ory should be rather sim­ple, and not re­quire spe­cial equip­ment or tech­nol­ogy, I found that hav­ing a well-de­signed app avail­able on my phone, which I have with me at all times, helps with mo­ti­va­tion and struc­ture. Start­ing out with 10-minute ses­sions is pretty easy and GRHVQ·W IHHO RYHUZKHOP ing,” says An­thony.

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