8. May help fight addictions

Meditation can help you break addictions by boosting your self-control and awareness of trigger for addictive behaviors, according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions (34Trusted Source).

Meditation has been linked to the ability to redirect attention, manage emotions and impulses, and enhance one’s understanding of the reasons behind their actions (35Trusted Source, 36Trusted Source).

Transcendental meditation was linked to lower levels of stress, psychological distress, alcohol cravings, and alcohol use after three months in a study involving 60 people who were receiving treatment for alcohol use disorder (37Trusted Source).

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