You’ve heard meditation is good for you, and you may have even practiced meditation in the past. But did you know there are proven, scientific reasons why? Check out these eight reasons to meditate, and try the simple no-more-excuses practice below.

1. Meditation soothes anxiety.

Meditation lowers stress and promotes Zen-like calm. Dozens of studies show it significantly reduces symptoms in people with anxiety and mood disorders.

2. Meditation supports the immune system.

A regular meditation practice lowers stress response, cools chronic inflammation and promotes a healthy gut-barrier function — key to a balanced immune system.