Meditate into a New Year


How does a stress-free New Year sound? Like heaven, right? Unfortunately, we haven’t discovered the secret to a completely stress-free life (yet) but there are ways to improve your mental and physical health, as well as lower any unexpected stress. Strengthening both your body and mind is the perfect way to reduce the strain stress has on you. Our favorite ways to do this is yoga, and meditation.


If you’ve been pushing back meditating, don’t think breathing exercises can do much good… well, we’re about to blow your mind.


Have you ever heard of Wim Hof?

If not, it’s prime time to hear about this amazing man! Wim climbed the Mt. Everest… in shorts. Yes. You read that right. The only piece of clothing he had was shorts. No shoes, no shirt, no jacket. Just a pair of shorts. While this may sound completely crazy, it’s true. Wim attributes his ability to withstand extreme colds to meditation and his breathing exercises. He has also started teaching breathing classes that he claims will help you achieve the same cold-resistance as him.


Now, we’re not saying that you need to meditate so that you can climb mountains naked. But we’re using this as an example of how much of a difference meditation can make. Your mind is your greatest weapon – and it is up to you whether you will use it against yourself, or to conquer the world. Meditation helps bring you peace and clarity, along with strengthening your mind.

Still not convinced meditating into the New Year is for you?


Well, there’s only so much we can do to convince you to give meditating a try. But hopefully this list of benefits might do the trick!


When it comes to emotional and mental benefits, they can include:


  • Lessening worry, anxiety, impulsivity, fear, loneliness and depression
  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Enhancing self-acceptance and self-esteem
  • Increasing patience, tolerance and optimism
  • Increasing imagination, memory, creativity and focus
  • Helping to prevent emotional eating or smoking

And then there are physical benefits which include:


  • Improved immune system and energy levels
  • Improved breathing and heart rates as well as reduced blood pressure
  • Lessening inflammatory disorders and asthma
  • Lessening premenstrual and menopausal symptoms
  • Helping to prevent Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and lessening symptoms of HIV

Hopefully by now, we managed to convinced you to give meditating an honest chance. You can start easy and try some of the meditations you can find in your Leaf app. If you aren’t fond of guided exercises, we also have 3D ambient meditations that you can use to create the perfect mood to take your mind on a relaxing journey.

Give it a try, you won’t regret it!

We’d love to hear which your favorite meditations are, share them in the comments below!


December 27, 2017

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  • Reply Em December 28, 2017 at 3:35 am

    I have a Bachelor of Science in public health but have never seen any convincing, large-scale studies which empirically prove that mediation can prevent HIV infection or transmission. Research appears to be limited in the ability of regular meditation to strengthen the immune system in general, although there appears to be some evidence that persons already infected with HIV may experience some mild improvements in biochemical markers of immune system function through complex, multi-factorial mechanisms. I have failed to find data to support the claim that any potential immunity improvements made through meditation are substantial enough to prevent new HIV infection in the general population.

    Please provide the peer-reviewed research articles to substantiate this claim, and keep in mind that those unfamiliar with the modes of transmission and pathophysiology of HIV may unfortunately blame bellabeat if they meditate and still happen to become infected. For the protection of the health of the public and the company, I would ask that such assertions be substantiated and that a disclaimer be made which details both the robustness and limitations of the medical claims that are made on your site.

    I truly appreciate everything that you do in order to improve lifestyle factors related to health! No doubt, meditation has been shown to have numerous positive effects on overall health and wellbeing, but it is important not to overstate its capabilities and provide a false sense of assurance to persons who may be at risk of being exposed to and developing certain conditions. Thanks for your attention to this important issue!

    • Bellabeat - Kathy
      Reply Bellabeat - Kathy December 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Em! Thank you for the attention and the explanation of your concerns. We’re very sorry if you understood this as us stating meditation definitely prevents HIV, we merely stated that it helps prevent it – along with many other things you can use to try and improve your health and hopefully protect your body from any unexpected illnesses. We will add just to avoid any confusion in others, that it can help with lessening symptoms or progression of HIV. 🙂 When it comes to meditation it is something that varies from person to person, as it depends on your focus, your will and how much you believe in meditation being healing, so it’s not by any means a universal cure to any illness, nor is it guaranteed to work for everyone. But it has worked for people, which means there is absolutely no harm in trying meditation to help, as it might just work for you the way it did for others. You can read a bit about this at the David Lynch Foundation : http://bit.ly/HIVWellnessInitiative

  • Reply Women's Health Services January 16, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Excellent article about meditating. It provides both mental and physical strength. It also strengthens the mind and improves the concentration power.

    • Reply Bellabeat - Nikki January 21, 2018 at 4:59 pm

      There are definitely numerous benefits we gain from meditating, we agree! Thank you for your support! 🙂

  • Reply Rosie March 7, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I have a neurostimulator that runs electricity thru me constantly. Can I use this

    • Reply Bellabeat - Nikki April 12, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Hi there Rosie, thanks for reaching out! You should be able to wear the Leaf without a problem, but we would suggest checking with your physician before wearing the Leaf. 🙂

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