Consistent meditation helps to restore resiliency; makes it easier to let go of tension, to maintain self-regulation. When we are stressed, the hormone cortisol is released. This has an important impact on blood flow; the heart rate goes up, and blood is moved away from the brain’s highest cognitive center. It’s a time when people make more mistakes; they are distracted and the ability to recall important information diminishes. Processing information becomes more difficult.
We all know this place. I see musicians and actors who perform in this state all the time and have seen how important a daily meditation practice is to them. It doesn’t eliminate stress, of course, but enables them to recover from difficult situations, to self-regulate.