Mindfulness meditation calms cravings. In the struggle against substance abuse, cravings can strike at any time. Even people who have been in recovery for years can find themselves caught off guard by an intense desire to return to the substance that ruled their lives for so long. Mindfulness meditation can be an integral part of drug addiction treatment as it helps individuals live in the present moment, experience cravings as something outside themselves, and achieve better control over their thoughts. As a health copywriter I loved reading this article, we hope you do to.
What Is Mindfulness Meditation?
Mindfulness is just being present and aware of your body, your surroundings, and the input your senses are receiving. While everyone is capable of mindfulness, for most people it isn’t their natural thought process.
To many people, their thoughts seem like that of a rambunctious two-year-old, jumping around without pattern or direction. One minute, feelings may be building a to-do list, the next, they are sliding into sadness over an unhappy memory. One might wake up determined to be positive and find emotions and thoughts hijacked by morning traffic and never regain equilibrium.
Mindfulness meditation is a process that allows people to relieve stress and slow their thoughts into a peaceful stream. When individuals focus on what they’re experiencing without assigning judgment, they practice mindfulness and rewire the structure of their brains.
How To Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is accessible even to beginners. Some people feel pressure to find the perfect location, maintain a particular posture or meditate for a specific length of time. Instead, relax and get to know what works best for you.
Start by finding a quiet place where you can sit comfortably. If you have a place outdoors that offers few distractions, nature can be a base of serenity. Inside, you can turn the lights out or leave them on, whatever makes you feel the most relaxed.
Essential oils and aromatherapy can enhance your feeling of calm. Diffuse essential oils into the air or mix them with your favourite lotion to apply them topically.
Choose a time of day when you know you won’t be interrupted. Some individuals like to enjoy one session in the morning and another in the evening, others prefer just once a day. Start with only a few minutes, setting a kitchen timer or an alarm on your phone.
Find a stable place to sit where you can be comfortable for several minutes. If you’re sitting on the floor, you might cross your legs. If you’re in a chair or on a park bench, make sure your feet can rest flat on the ground.
Maintain good posture, but you don’t have to sit ramrod-straight. If you find your position causes pain, adjust it. Rest your hands on your legs and let your arms and shoulders relax.
Feel Your Breath
Feel your breath as it goes in and out. Notice how the air feels as it enters your nose and inflates your lungs, then embraces the warm flow as it exits again.
Use your breathing to focus your attention. Eventually, it will wander to other places. Don’t worry when you notice it has rambled away, concentrate again on your breath. The goal is not to silence all thoughts, but to bring your attention back to the moment without passing judgement.
When you notice thoughts that cause concern or dismay, make a note of them and allow them to slip away with your breath. The whole reason it’s called practising mindfulness is that most individuals need to repeat bringing their mind gently back throughout the session.
When the session ends, notice how your body feels. Experience the sensations in your environment and decide how you would like to return to your day.
Mindfulness And Addiction
Individuals recovering from addiction can experience intense cravings for the substance they used to abuse. You fought long and hard to escape your addiction, and meditation mindfulness can help you hold on to the freedom you’ve found.
Cravings involve a longing for something you can’t have and cause feelings of restlessness and dissatisfaction. Often, the desire for substance drowns out everything else around you. When you focus all your time and energy trying to talk yourself out of acquiring that substance, you eventually fatigue. Mindfulness anchors you back in the present.
Mindfulness is a holistic recovery that helps people struggling with addiction bring their emotions under control and view yearnings without judgment. When they see cravings as thoughts that enter the mind and then leave, they have improved control over their minds. Repeated practice can result in an increasingly clear thought process.
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