4. Enhances self-awareness

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Some types of meditation may help you better understand yourself, allowing you to grow into your best self. Self-inquiry meditation, for example, is designed to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and how you interact with others.

A variety of meditation techniques teach you to identify thoughts that are hazardous or self-sabotaging. The goal is for you to learn how to correct your thought patterns as you become more aware of them (16Trusted Source, 17Trusted Source).

A review of 27 studies found that tai chi practice was linked to enhanced self-efficacy, which is a person’s confidence in their own competence or ability to overcome difficulties (19Trusted Source). In an experiment involving 153 adults who used a mindfulness meditation software for two weeks, loneliness and social contact decreased in comparison with a control group (20Trusted Source).