Neuroplasticity (the ability of the human brain to physically re-arrange itself in response to outside stimulus) is one of the key benefits of mindful meditation.
By redirecting our thoughts in response to situations we use/create different pathways in our brain.
The more we use these new pathways, the stronger they become and the more we use them. And what happens to the old pathway? It weakens from lack of use because it isn’t your go-to any longer.
You have built a new road, a new habit, a new way of reacting or dealing with thoughts or feelings. Look at you, all building and stuff!
There are many benefits to mindfulness and mediation; reduced anxiety, improved cognition, reduced stress, focus and less emotional reactivity, to name a few.
And contrary to the idea that you have to spend hours meditating, you can start with a few minutes once or twice a day and go longer as you get used to the process or just stick with a 10 minute practice. You’ll find your sweet spot.
I like having someone guide me along or at least get me started so I use Headspace (I paid for an annual subscription) but there are also many, many free podcasts and resources. Check out Develop Good Habits for a comprehensive list https://www.developgoodhabits.com/best-mindfulness-podcasts/
So get yourself some mindfulness, embrace some meditation and get those new, healthy pathways flowing.
Now go run!