Meditation has a lot of benefits you may or may not know about. Of course, a lot of people turn to it because it helps them cope with stress or negative moods. But it can do so much more.

According to a recent study conducted by the University of Washington, researchers found that meditation can help you concentrate better, stay energized and even get rid of negative moods.

And while the idea of mediation being healthy for you isn’t exactly something new, researchers are always finding new ways it can help both your physical and your mental health.

Think about it – how many times during the day do you actually take some time for you? Probably not nearly as often as you should. And taking time for yourself is what’s going to cut back on stress and help you stay focused on your goal.

Whether you meditate for a minute or an hour, you’re giving yourself the much-needed break your body and mind needs. Meditation is going to allow you to take charge of your mind, so you can spend a few minutes reflecting on what’s important.

Is that project at work nagging at you? Stress at home? Health issues? It will all melt away with the calming, soothing nature of meditation. Whether you are staring at a candle or simple relaxing in a dark room counting each and every breath, meditation takes all the stress off of your shoulders, so you can focus on what really matters.

The problem at work, the stress at home – it’s all temporary. You want to stay focused on your goals, so you can continue to live a successful, healthy life. So instead of worrying about the smaller things in life, you can stay driven and motivated to continue moving forward to the big stuff.

Meditating will help you wipe your mind of all the things you think about in a day, allowing you to zero in on the most important aspects of your life. Suddenly, those seemingly big issues won’t be so big anymore. You will see clearer answers to problems you have been dwelling over, or maybe even find out they weren’t problems at all.

Because you are clearing your mind of all the stressors in your life, you will find your level of stress is completely gone or significantly less. And when you have less stress in your life, you are going to make better decisions and live a healthier life, with little to no stress or negative feelings.

Meditation’s goal is to clear your mind and calm you down, as you take more time to dive into yourself and your worries, your strengths, your goals. And because you’re able to weed out the important things from the less important things, you will have all the answers right in front of you. You can make stronger, more confident decisions as you continue moving forward to reach your goals. Without the weight of stress and anxiety on your shoulders, the possibilities are endless.