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Top UK Business Podcasts for 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and beyond…


Some Top UK Business Podcasts 2021 / 2021 / 2022 / 2023 / 2024 / 2025 and beyond…

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Some Top UK Business Podcasts to listen too in 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025 and beyond…

If your looking for Top UK Business Podcasts for this year or beyond, then look no further…

1. The Small Business Sessions

Launched in 2005, Enterprise Nation has grown into a membership community of more than 75,000 SME founders and leaders. The Xero-sponsored Small Business Sessions is a “weekly podcast sharing the stories behind Britain’s brilliant small companies”. Almost 70 half-hour episodes are available, with a general theme of how to start and grow a small business. Recent topics include alternative finance, blogging for business, Making Tax Digital and choosing the right accountant. A wide range of start-ups and small-business leaders also share the secrets of their success.

2. Conversations of Inspiration

Conversations of Inspiration is a weekly podcast by Notonthehighstreet founder Holly Tucker, who chats to some of the UK’s most successful founders and entrepreneurs. They often have fascinating stories to tell when recounting how and why they started their business, while offering sound advice to those who want to follow in their footsteps. Previous guests include Karan Bilimoria (Cobra Beer), Mark Constantine (Lush), Sahar Hashemi (Coffee Republic) and Richard Reed (Innocent Drinks).

3. FT Start-up Stories

Although no new ones have been made since August 2018, you can still listen to 54 episodes, to hear author and Financial Times journalist, Jonathan Moules, speak to the most bona fide start-up experts of all – those who’ve been there and done it. They share their knowledge and experiences, which can help you to learn much about the challenges (financial and otherwise) people face when trying to start and launch a new business.

4. Secret Leaders

Almost 50 episodes are available of a podcast described as “a collection of contrasting, irreverent interviews with the high-flying CEOs and forward-thinking founders of some of the most successful businesses in the UK and US”. These include Martha Lane Fox (Lastminute.com), Nick Wheeler (Charles Tyrwhitt), Jo Malone, Nick Jenkins (Moonpig), David Buttress (Just Eat) and Karen Jones (Café Rouge).

5. How I Built This with Guy Raz

Guy Raz is a US-based journalist and radio host, described by The New York Times as “one of the most popular podcasters in history”. His podcasts are reported to have a combined monthly audience of 19.2m downloads. In these National Public Radio podcasts, Raz “dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best known companies”, weaving “a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists – and the movements they built.”

6. The Diary Of A CEO by Steven Bartlett

“A few years ago I was a broke, university dropout, living in one of the worst parts of the country, with nothing but a laptop and a dream,” remembers Bartlett. “Fast forward a few years, [and now] I’m the 26-year-old CEO of one of the UK’s fastest-growing companies. My world is intense, sometimes crazy, always challenging and unpredictable.” His Manchester-based global social media marketing agency, Social Chain, now turns £146m, has 500 staff and 80m followers.

7. She Means Business

Presented by Carrie Green, author of She Means Business and founder of the Female Entrepreneur Association (“An international hub for female entrepreneurs to get inspired and empowered”), the She Means Business podcast “brings together incredible stories of female entrepreneurs from around the world who are following their hearts, building the business of their dreams and creating the success and abundance they desire.” Now up to 45 episodes, Green also shares her own insight, after building two successful businesses with “no money, no business knowledge, but lots of ambition and determination.”

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8. The Mike Armstrong You CanDo It Podcast

Presented by UK Entrepreneur Mike Armstrong / Awesome Armstrong, the You Can Do It Podcast is a motivation and positivity podcast which provides education and personal development for up and coming Entrepreneurs.

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9. Fire in the Belly Podcast

Presented by Mighty Pete Lonton, the Fire in the Belly Podcast offers Entrepreneur Life Stories and Boardroom Talks from Entrepreneurs from around the World.

• Download the latest episodes online at – https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cub21ueWNvbnRlbnQuY29tL2QvcGxheWxpc3QvNTg3M2FiZjEtODI5Mi00ZmE5LTk5ZDctYTU4ZDAwZTk3YmU1LzIzOThmN2M1LWZhOTEtNDBlMi1hNzhjLWFiNWEwMGY3MzgzYi83ODM2M2VhYS1iMGJkLTRmMTUtOTMzNC1hYjVhMDBmODA1NTEvcG9kY2FzdC5yc3M?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjl6JbEppTrAhVCeRoKHSXUDgMQ4aUDegQIARAC&hl=en-GB

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Exclusive Wedding & Events venue in Essex | Clacton on Sea | South East England | England, UK

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If you are looking for a unique, magical and exclusive wedding venue or event venue in South East England, including a Wedding venue in Essex, Wedding Venue in Clacton, Event Venue in Essex or Event Venue in Clacton.

Get Married in a Martello Tower in Clacton, Essex, South East England, UK

A wedding with a wow factor!

You can get married in a Martello Tower – (like a mini castle), with its own Moat, on the sea front of Clacton, Essex, South East England from August 2021, a stones throw away from the famous Clacton Pier. You can get married or have the reception in this unique, exclusive and historic Martello Tower and ensure that your start to married life, begins with a bang, and helps to create happy memories that will be sure to last a life time.

Host an exclusive Event in a Martello Tower in Clacton, Essex, South East England, UK

Unique Event in a unique location!

You can get host an exclusive event in a Martello Tower – (like a mini castle), with its own Moat, on the sea front of Clacton, Essex, South East England from August 2021, a stones throw away from the famous Clacton Pier. You can host an event, private party, corporate event or corporate away day, in this unique, exclusive and historic Martello Tower and ensure that your event goes of with a bang, and helps to create happy memories that will be sure to last a life time.

If you are interested in more details please email Mike on maconsultancy1@gmail.com and we will provide more details about the packages available as soon as they are available.

For more about the Martello Tower exclusive Wedding and Events venue in Clacton, Essex, South East England see out about the Martello Tower section below.

About the Historic Martello Tower F in Clacton on Sea, Essex, South East England, U.K.

Martello Tower F Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, South East England, UK

Martello Tower F is soon to be an exclusive Wedding and Events venue in Essex, set within a dry moat and situated at the junction of Marine Parade West and Tower Road, overlooking the promenade and seafront to the west of Clacton Pier in England, UK.

Martello Tower F is the only remaining moated example on the Essex coast; the others at Beacon Hill, St Osyth (B), Holland Haven (G) and Walton Cliffs (J) were demolished or destroyed by coastal erosion in the 19th century.

Tower F has seen some significant alterations, particularly in the 20th century, but the structure remains substantially unchanged and still retains many details dating from the period of construction. The first floor entrance, to the north west, is still approached by the original cast iron footbridge which spans the ditch on three pairs of stilt- like legs. The section nearest the tower is designed as a drawbridge, capable of being raised to seal the entrance. One of the chains first-floor the bridge remains in place, together with the slots and iron pulleys set into the head of the entrance passage. All four of the windows to this floor were framed and glazed during the 1960s, although the apertures still retain some of the iron bars dating from 1818.

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Martello Tower F Clacton, Essex, England, UK – a unique and exclusive Wedding & Events venue in Essex, South East England, from August 2021.

A timber-clad observation room, formally a coastguard lookout, stands above the forward gun embrasure, resting on a metal gantry with legs set into concrete blocks on the tower’s roof. 

The ground floor of the tower is accessible via a modern passageway cut through the rear wall of a storage alcove on the south-west side. All the other alcoves and casemates remain largely unaltered and the lamp passage to the main magazine (on the seaward side) is particularly well preserved. 

In World War I the Martello tower F was commandeered as a piquet station for G Company of the 8th Battalion Essex Regiment. In the inter-war years the tower came into the hands of the local authority, and in 1931 the interior was as opened as a museum. The museum was short lived as the tower was returned to military control during World War II and thereafter leased to the Ministry of Defence. The interior remained in use by the Royal Naval Auxilliary Service (RNAS) until 1990. A children’s’ zoo was established around the tower in the 1970s but closed in the late 1980s.

Things to do in South East England | Essex | Clacton

The Tower under the new guise of a wedding and events venue, will be run by UK & Global Entrepreneur, Paul Nash and is going to be a great Wedding & Events venue in Essex and us a great Things to do in Clacton, Essex or the South West of England as the Tower can be observed as part of a day out with the kids in Clacton, that combine viewing the Tower, whilst also visiting the historic Clacton Pier. An ideal activity for those seeking Things to do in Clacton, Things to do in Essex or Things to do in South East England…

Have your wedding or event by the Sea!

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Things to do in Wales | South Wales | Cardiff | Zip Wire

Experience Adventure at Zip World Tower By Zip World

Home to Phoenix and the Tower Coaster, Zip World Tower is the 4th Zip World site to open, and is the 1st to be situated in south Wales. Nestled in the Rhigos mountain range, and boasting stunning panoramic views, this adventure hub is situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site, and had created a new lease of life for this historic and widely-loved base , so is an ideal day out in Cardiff or South Wales for people, families or adventurers seeking thrills and adventure and other great Things to do in Wales, South Wales or Cardiff.

Phoenix is the world’s fastest seated zip line, with 4 parallel lines in 2 separate zip zones. This zip line will see you flying across the Welsh countryside. The Tower Coaster is the only of its kind in Europe, boasting a side-by-side kart, making it possible for two people to ride at once. It must be considered as one of the top Things to do in Wales, Things to do in South Wales or Things to do in Cardiff, especially for adventures and families looking for an action packed day out or holiday.

Enjoy the beautiful facilities and refreshments at Tower’s Adventure Terminal, where you can check-in, kit-up, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the wonderfully restored Colliery site, where old meets new.

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Home to Phoenix and the Tower Coaster, Zip World Tower is the 4th Zip World site to open, and is the 1st to be situated in South Wales, near Cardiff. Nestled in the Rhigos mountain range near Aberdare, and boasting stunning panoramic views of South Wales, this adventure hub is situated at the old Tower Colliery coal mining site just above Aberdare, and had created a new lease of life for this historic and widely-loved base.

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Cegin Glo Bar & Bistro in South Wales…

Whether you’re in need of a refuel after your Zip World adventure, or want to sit back, relax, enjoy some stunning views alongside great food and drink, Cegin Glo is the spot for you. This modern yet rustic Bar & Bistro in South Wales is the perfect setting to compliment the site’s rich history as a former coal mine, and references to its prolific past can be seen in every nook and cranny of this fantastic place to eat in South Wales.

So whether it’s adventure that you are looking for in South Wales, near Cardiff or somewhere fabulous to eat out, drink and relax, this fantastic new day out with the kids option, is a great thing to do in Wales for those looking for a top attraction in Wales or a top things to do in Wales or near Cardiff, the Welsh Capital…

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Our Partners PRSNTS Takes on a new Luxury Diamond Jewellery Partnership…

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Our Partners PRSNTS have a new Luxury Diamond Jewellery partner, Diamond Competitions…

The Global Entrepreneur Events Company and Luxury Brand Partner has just made this announcement on the PRSNTS Blog section of their PRSNTS EVENTS Website – #PRSNTSEVENTS #PRSNTS

Luxury Diamond Jewellery

Luxury Diamond Jewellery

PRSNTS have a new sponsorship partnership with Diamond Competitions. For more about this Luxury Diamond Competitions business please see the about section below.

At Diamond Competitions, they pride themselves on finding some of the very best cut gemstones in the world for their ticket holders. Their Staff and suppliers have over 40 years’ experience in dealing with diamonds.

They will be offering potential customers the chance to enter an online competition to win high value expensive diamond jewellery. They currently offer some of the most expensive diamond jewellery available on the internet. All of their diamonds will come with a valuation certificate along with a grading certificate detailing the full specification of the stones. This is a life-changing opportunity for many people to own a diamond that they could never normally afford. You could be the successful winner of a diamond with a valuation around £100,000.

Their ticket prices start from £5 ranging up to £19. It may be a single stone ring that takes your eye or a set of earrings, or maybe a pendant, but you can be sure Diamond Competitions will offer you the best quality diamond jewellery.

All of their diamond jewellery stock will be purchased from their supplier in Hatton Garden.

LUXURY DIAMOND JEWELLERY COMPETITIONS

F VVS2 Solitarire in 18kt White Gold 6 Claw Tulip Ring Style Second Hand Margin Stone 3.03ct (Valuation £100k)

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OVAL Solitarire K si2 WGI/GIE Platinum 4.41ct (Valuation £38k)

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Valuation at £38,400 (GBP)Enter Now

6 Claw Tulip Style Single Stone Pendant in 18kt 3.12ct I si2 WGI/GIE (Valuation £30k)

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£7.00

Valuation at £29,970 (GBP)Enter Now

5 Stone Ring 18kt White Gold 3.25ct G Si1 (Valuation £12k)

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Valuation at £12,500 (GBP)Enter Now

Bracelet 18 kt White Gold 15.00ct G/H S12 (Valuation £37k)

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Valuation at £37,650 (GBP)Enter Now

Enter and Win Luxury Diamond Jewellery from Diamond Competitions

To enter visit https://www.diamondscompetitions.com/competitions/ and buy a ticket today

For more about PRSNTS please visit their website.  You can also buy Charm Jewellery Online at our Charm Jewellery Shop by visiting the link to the Charm Jewellery Shop Website at Jesper Nielsen. You can also have your own Online Jewellery Shop or Jewelry Store by clicking on our become an ambassador section.

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Networking Event in the USA for Tuesday 13th

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#Networking in the #USA and around the #Globe with Blanca Irene Perper Greenstein from The Laws of Life with Blanca Greenstein

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I WILL WAKE UP AND SHOW THEM WHO I AM! – One of the most INTENSE Motivational Speech Videos (EPIC)

I WILL WAKE UP AND SHOW THEM WHO I AM! – One of the most INTENSE Motivational Speech Videos (EPIC)

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Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

PETER Andre has to be rescued from a zipwire in Cyprus as his daughter Princess, 13, yelled: “My dad is stuck.” The 47-year-old singer was helped …

Peter Andre has to be rescued from zipwire on holiday in Cyprus as daughter Princess, 13, yells ‘my dad is stuck’

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Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

PROUD dad Adam Thomas has revealed his six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k. The former …

Adam Thomas’ six-year-old son raised £13,000 for charity after Captain Sir Tom Moore inspired him to walk 10k

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People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

ENTERTAINMENT’S biggest stars came out to celebrate the best in pop-culture at E! People’s Choice Awards. Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara dazzled in…

People’s Choice Awards 2020: Jennifer Lopez shines as she joins Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato and pregnant Mandy Moore

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Alison Hammond launches new podcast for ITV amid confusion over This Morning role

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Alison Hammond launches new podcast for ITV amid confusion over This Morning role

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25 Times James Blunt Well and Truly Won Twitter – Music Plus Sport

As much as we love James Blunt’s music, we might just love his comebacks on Twitter a little more!

From serving up harsh truths, being outright brutal in response to his fans, and generally just being the funniest bloke we’ve seen on Twitter, James Blunt’s account has got it all.

Blunt by name, Blunt by nature.

Here’s our 25 favourite tweets from the wittiest musician we know:

— Read on www.musicplussport.com/25-times-james-blunt-won-twitter/

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Amanda Holden sparks uproar for ‘breaking’ social distancing rules on Britain’s Got Talent

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Amanda Holden sparks uproar for ‘breaking’ social distancing rules on Britain’s Got Talent

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Victoria Beckham reflects on the time she and David had ‘the nerve’ to wear matching leather Gucci outfits to a Versace event

Victoria Beckham has reflected on the time she and husband David had ‘the nerve’ to wear matching leather outfits by Gucci – to a Versace event. …

Victoria Beckham reflects on the time she and David had ‘the nerve’ to wear matching leather Gucci outfits to a Versace event

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Big Brother winner Kate Lawler reveals she is pregnant with her first child

Big Brother winner Kate Lawler has revealed she is pregnant with her first child. The 40-year-old Virgin Radio presenter confirmed the happy news on …

Big Brother winner Kate Lawler reveals she is pregnant with her first child

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Benefits and public sector wages ‘could be frozen’ to pay for coronavirus crisis

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Katie Price and new boyfriend Carl Woods pack on the PDA during family day out to Chessington

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Katie Price and new boyfriend Carl Woods pack on the PDA during family day out to Chessington

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BBC News Headlines from around the UK

Passenger at Heathrow international arrivals

Life takes another small step back to normality today, as quarantine requirements are dropped for travellers arriving in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 59 countries and 14 British overseas territories. It means those who have been on holiday in Spain, France, Italy, Belgium and Germany will be exempt from the requirement to isolate for 14 days. A slightly different list of exemptions applies in Scotland, meaning people travelling from both Spain and Serbia will still have to go into quarantine, after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said concerns about the prevalence of Covid-19 persisted. Scotland is also making the use of facemasks compulsory in shops.

However, despite World Health Organization warnings that the pandemic is still accelerating globally, across the UK lockdown restrictions are being eased in light of a declining number of infections. Ministers announced on Thursday that beauty salons in England could reopen from Monday, followed by indoor gyms and swimming pools on 25 July. Open-air concerts and theatre performances in England will also be permitted with “a limited and socially distanced audience” from this weekend.

Children’s playgrounds and community centres in Wales will be able to reopen from 20 July, while Northern Ireland has brought forward the reopening of indoor fitness studios and gyms, along with bingo halls, amusement arcades and cinemas. Scotland has begun to allow people to visit each other indoors and stay overnight, and has set dates for reopening bars and restaurants, hairdressers and barbers, and the tourist industry.

Some 20,000 deaths in care homes have already been directly linked to coronavirus. Now, Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society are warning of a  “hidden catastrophe” among those in residential care, brought on by the “enforced separation” of lockdown. UK government advice – in place since April – to avoid visits in all but exceptional circumstances has caused a deterioration in residents’ mental and physical health, the charities say. They are calling on the health secretary to treat relatives of care home residents with dementia like key workers, by offering them the same access to care homes and coronavirus testing as staff. The Department of Health and Social Care says it will set out further details “shortly” on how it can “carefully and safely” allow visits.

Police stop-and-search tactics are often criticised as being used disproportionately against people from ethnic minorities. Now, the Independent Office for Police Conduct is to review whether officers racially discriminate . The head of the watchdog says it will “establish the trends and patterns which might help drive real change” in England and Wales, where stop-and-search powers are nine times more likely to be used against black people than white counterparts. Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Police apologised to athlete Bianca Williams over a stop-and-search incident. Cases are already being investigated in London, Birmingham and Greater Manchester in which it is alleged police used excessive force, and in some cases Tasers, against black men.

“We’ve always pictured having the big, fat Indian wedding,” say Vishal Panesar and his fiancee Ravika Sabh, almost in unison. Like thousands of couples, Londoners Vishal, 25, and Ravika, 24, had to postpone their wedding after the coronavirus pandemic struck.

It was meant to be a lavish affair with three separate events and 400 guests. But current measures imposed on weddings and gatherings mean the prospects of a big blowout are slim. Vishal and Ravika have cut down their guest list but are still keen to see whether a wedding with more than 30 guests is possible.Read full analysis >

Sheetal Parmar

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Why you should Meditate?

The Many Health Benefits of Meditation

The popularity of meditation is increasing as more people discover its many benefits.

Meditation is a habitual process of training your mind to focus and redirect your thoughts.

This article reviews 12 health benefits of meditation.

You can use it to increase awareness of yourself and your surroundings. Many people think of it as a way to reduce stress and develop concentration.

People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns and even increased pain tolerance.

Please find 12 health benefits of practicing the art of meditation…

Stress Reduction is one of the most common reasons why people try meditation.

1 study, which included over 3,500 adults, showed that it lives up to its reputation for stress reduction.

Normally, mental and physical stress cause increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This produces many of the harmful effects of stress, such as the release of inflammation-promoting chemicals called cytokines.

The effects of cytokines can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking.

During a 2-month study, a meditation style called “mindfulness meditation” reduced the inflammation response caused by stress.

Another study, on nearly 1,300 adults, demonstrated that meditation may decrease stress. Notably, this effect was strongest in individuals with the highest levels of stress.

Research has shown that meditation may also improve symptoms of stress-related conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and fibromyalgia.

SUMMARY: Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress. Meditation can also reduce symptoms in people with stress-triggered medical conditions.

Less stress can lead to less anxiety.

For example, an 2 month study of mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce their anxiety.

It also reduced symptoms of anxiety disorders, such as phobias, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, paranoid thoughts and panic attacks.

Another study, followed up with 18 volunteers 36 months after they had completed an two-month meditation program. Most volunteers had continued practicing regular meditation and maintained lower anxiety levels over the long term.

A larger study in 2,466 participants also showed that a variety of different meditation strategies may reduce anxiety levels.

For example, yoga has been shown to help people reduce their levels of anxiety. This is likely due to benefits from both meditative practice and physical activity.

Meditation may also help control job-related anxiety in high-pressure work environments. 1 study found that a meditation program reduced anxiety in a group of nurses.

SUMMARY: Habitual meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias, paranoia and obsessive-compulsive behaviours.

Some forms of meditation can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook on life. 

2 studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.

1 study followed 18 volunteers as they practiced meditation over 36 months. The study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in their levels of depression.

Inflammatory chemicals called cytokines, which are released in response to stress, can affect mood, leading to depression. A review of several studies suggests meditation may reduce depression by decreasing these production of these inflammatory chemicals.

Another controlled study compared electrical activity between the brains of people who practiced mindfulness meditation and the brains of others who did not.

Those who meditated showed measurable changes in activity in areas related to positive thinking and optimism.

SUMMARY: Some forms of meditation can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life. Research shows that maintaining an ongoing habit of meditation may help you maintain these benefits long term.

Some forms of meditation may help you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self. 

For example, self-inquiry meditation explicitly aims to help you develop a greater understanding of yourself and how you relate to those around you.

Other forms teach you to recognise thoughts that may be harmful or self-defeating. The idea is that as you gain greater awareness of your thought habits, you can steer them toward more constructive thought patterns.

A study of 21 women fighting breast cancer found that when they took part in a tai chi program, their self-esteem improved more than it did than in those who received social support sessions.

In another study, 40 senior men and women who took a mindfulness meditation program experienced reduced feelings of loneliness, compared to a control group that had been placed on a wait list for the program.

Experience in meditation may cultivate more creative problem solving.

SUMMARY: Self-inquiry and related styles of meditation can help you “know yourself.” This can be a starting point for making other positive changes

Focused-attention meditation is like weight lifting for your attention span. It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention. 

For example, a study looked at the effects of a 2-month mindfulness meditation course and found it improved participants’ ability to reorient and maintain their attention.

A similar study showed that human resource workers who regularly practiced mindfulness meditation stayed focused on a task for longer.

These workers also remembered details of their tasks better than their peers who did not practice meditation.

1 review concluded that meditation may even reverse patterns in the brain that contribute to mind-wandering, worrying and poor attention.

Even meditating for a short period may benefit you. 1 study found that 4 days of practicing meditation may be enough to increase attention span.

SUMMARY: Several types of meditation may build your ability to redirect and maintain attention. As little as 4 days of meditation may have a noticeable effect.

Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may help keep your mind young. 

Kirtan Kriya is a method of meditation that combines a mantra or chant with repetitive motion of the fingers to focus thoughts. It improved participants’ ability to perform memory tasks in multiple studies of age-related memory loss.

A review of 12 studies found that multiple meditation styles increased attention, memory and mental quickness in older volunteers.

In addition to fighting normal age-related memory loss, meditation can at least partially improve memory in patients with dementia. It can also help control stress and improve coping in those caring for family members with dementia.

SUMMARY: The improved focus you can gain through regular meditation may increase memory and mental clarity. These benefits can help fight age-related memory loss and dementia.

Some types of meditation may particularly increase positive feelings and actions toward yourself and others.

Metta, a type of meditation also known as loving-kindness meditation, begins with developing kind thoughts and feelings toward yourself.

Through practice, people learn to extend this kindness and forgiveness externally, first to friends, then acquaintances and ultimately enemies.

22 studies of this form of meditation have demonstrated its ability to increase peoples’ compassion toward themselves and others.

1 study of 100 adults randomly assigned to a program that included loving-kindness meditation found that these benefits were dose-dependent.

In other words, the more effort people put into Metta meditation, the more positive feelings they experienced.

Another group of studies showed the positive feelings people develop through Metta meditation can improve social anxiety, reduce marriage conflict and help anger management.

These benefits also appear to accumulate over time with the practice of loving-kindness meditation.

SUMMARY: Metta, or loving-kindness meditation, is a practice of developing positive feelings, first toward yourself and then toward others. Metta increases positivity, empathy and compassionate behaviour toward others.

The mental discipline you can develop through meditation may help you break dependencies by increasing your self-control and awareness of triggers for addictive behaviours.

Research has shown that meditation may help people learn to redirect their attention, increase their willpower, control their emotions and impulses and increase their understanding of the causes behind their addictive behaviours.

1 study that taught 19 recovering alcoholics how to meditate found that participants who received the training got better at controlling their cravings and craving-related stress.

Meditation may also help you control food cravings. A review of 14 studies found mindfulness meditation helped participants reduce emotional and binge eating.

SUMMARY: Meditation develops mental discipline and willpower and can help you avoid triggers for unwanted impulses. This can help you recover from addiction, lose weight and redirect other unwanted habits.

Nearly 50% of the population will struggle with insomnia at some point.

1 study compared 2 mindfulness-based meditation programs by randomly assigning participants to 1 of 2 groups. 1 group practiced meditation, while the other didn’t.

Participants who meditated fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate.

Becoming skilled in meditation may help you control or redirect the racing or “runaway” thoughts that often lead to insomnia.

Additionally, it can help relax your body, releasing tension and placing you in a peaceful state in which you’re more likely to fall asleep. 

SUMMARY: A variety of meditation techniques can help you relax and control the “runaway” thoughts that can interfere with sleep. This can shorten the time it takes to fall asleep and increase sleep quality.

Your perception of pain is connected to your state of mind, and it can be elevated in stressful conditions. 

For example, 1 study used functional MRI techniques to observe brain activity as participants experienced a painful stimulus. Some participants had gone through 4 days of mindfulness meditation training, while others had not.

The meditating patients showed increased activity in the brain centers known to control pain. They also reported less sensitivity to pain.

1 larger study looked at the effects of habitual meditation in 3,500 participants. It found that meditation was associated with decreased complaints of chronic or intermittent pain.

An additional study of meditation in patients with terminal diseases found meditation may help mitigate chronic pain at the end of life.

In each of these scenarios, meditators and non-meditators experienced the same causes of pain, but meditators showed a greater ability to cope with pain and even experienced a reduced sensation of pain. 

SUMMARY: Meditation can diminish the perception of pain in the brain. This may help treat chronic pain when used as a supplement to medical care or physical therapy.

Meditation can also improve physical health by reducing strain on the heart. 

Over time, high blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood, which can lead to poor heart function. 

High blood pressure also contributes to atherosclerosis, or narrowing of the arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. 

A study of 996 volunteers found that when they meditated by concentrating on a “silent mantra” — a repeated, non-vocalized word, blood pressure reduced by about five points, on average.

This was more effective among older volunteers and those who had higher blood pressure prior to the study.

A review concluded that several types of meditation produced similar improvements in blood pressure.

In part, meditation appears to control blood pressure by relaxing the nerve signals that coordinate heart function, tension in blood vessels and the “fight-or-flight” response that increases alertness in stressful situations.

SUMMARY: Blood pressure decreases not only during meditation, but also over time in individuals who meditate regularly. This can reduce strain on the heart and arteries, helping prevent heart disease.

People practice many different forms of meditation, most of which don’t require specialised equipment or space. You can practice with just a few minutes daily.

If you want to start meditating, try choosing a form of meditation based on what you want to get out of it.

There are two major styles of meditation: 

  • Focused-attention meditation: Concentrates attention on a single object, thought, sound or visualisation. It emphasises ridding your mind of attention and distraction. Meditation may focus on breathing, a mantra or a calming sound.
  • Open-monitoring meditation: Encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought and sense of self. It may include becoming aware of thoughts, feelings or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.

If your regular work and home environments do not allow for consistent, quiet alone time, consider participating in a class. This can also improve your chances of success by providing a supportive community. 

Alternatively, consider setting your alarm a few minutes early to take advantage of quiet time in the morning. This may help you develop a consistent habit and allow you to start the day positively. 

SUMMARY: If you’re interested in incorporating meditation into your routine, try a few different styles and consider guided exercises to get started with one that suits you.

Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. 

You can do it anywhere, without special equipment or memberships. 

Alternatively, meditation courses and support groups are widely available.

There’s a great variety of styles too, each with different strengths and benefits. 

Trying out a style of mediation suited to your goals is a great way to improve your quality of life, even if you only have a few minutes to do it each day.

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