Learning to Master Mindfulness in Early Recovery
Mindfulness is a therapeutic principle about staying in the moment. You can’t control or change the past. Likewise, you have no control over the future.
Mindfulness helps you stay focused on the here and now and stay focused. When you apply mindfulness to recovery, you’ll be able to work past cravings and stay focused on your recovery, one day at a time.
Early recovery can feel pretty challenging. That’s okay, you can master the basic concepts quickly. You can start applying these basics to your recovery, and you’ll be well on your way to greater inner strength.
Tip 1- Take control of your thoughts. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You can practice taking control of your thoughts, by taking a step back and giving yourself a few minutes to process your thoughts. Don’t immediately react to your thoughts. For example, if you feel anxiety about a situation, take a step back and ask yourself some of these questions before reacting:
- Why do I feel anxiety?
- Can I change my situation?
- Is this a rational thought?
Tip 2- Practice meditation. Meditation is an excellent mindfulness tool. When people think of meditation, they may think of chanting or doing yoga. This is part of meditation, but you don’t have to do yoga to meditate. Meditate can be as simple as this:
- Listen to sounds of the rainforest – youtube is full of meditation music
- Eat a meal mindfully – take note of taste, texture, and sound
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing
- Take a candlelight bath
Tip 3- Participate in activities that encourage calm. This is a great way to master mindfulness in early recovery. When you are trying to meditate and work through cravings, engaging in calming activities is really helpful. Here are a few that you can try:
- Get a massage
- Try acupuncture
- Take a walk in nature
- Go swimming
- Read a book about meditation
- Listen to calming music
- Buy a meditation coloring book
- Write or journal
- Watch an inspirational movie
- Mindfully eat a meal or have a cup of tea
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