Addiction recovery can come with its own challenges. It can be stressful at times, especially if you are new to recovery. You will deal with cravings, working on recovery, rebuilding and creating new relationships, all at the same time. Most parts of early recovery involve learning how to cope with life struggles without using a substance.
This may all sound intimidating, but there are a wide range of skills and techniques to help you cope. At Holland Pathways, we offer yoga every morning. While this is a great practice to continue, there are also other things you can do. For example, you can meditate. Mediation helps you deal with depression, anxiety, and stress.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a technique that focuses on the mind and body with the goal of inducing relaxation and serenity. It involved being mindful of your feelings, thoughts, and sensory experiences in your present surrounding. There are several different ways to meditate, and the methods differ based on the individual. Meditation can be done in groups, in silence, or with music in a calm, serene area.
You don’t need to set timers to meditate. If you are new to meditating, you can start with just a few minutes and work your way up to longer sessions. You also don’t need to be spiritual to participate.
How is Meditation Useful in Recovery?
Meditation carries a significant value for those recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Generally, meditation promotes a sense of inner peace and calmness. It improves mental health and increases self-awareness.
Improves Self-Esteem and Acceptance
You are more likely to be harder on yourself than you are on others, especially when you’re on the road to recovery. Being mindful during meditation encourages attentiveness to your feelings and thoughts, making it easier to be patient with yourself. After a few sessions, you will be able to treat yourself with more and more acceptance and patience.
Improves Mental and Physical Health
Mediation is not only good for your mental health, but your physical health as well. When you develop self-awareness through meditation, you are likely to have a positive impact on your anxiety and stress levels. This can significantly reduce the chances of medical-related illnesses, like heart problems. It has also been found to improve your sleep quality.
Increases Attention and Resilience
Being mindful means not dwelling on the past or even worrying about the future. It means concentrating on the present. Mindful meditation helps you enjoy the current moment without getting distracted by other things around you. People who meditate have been known to bounce back after a challenging situation, adapt to new changes, and enjoy life.
Treatment at Holland Pathways
Meditation is a personal treatment plan, which means that what may work for you may not work for someone else. There are different techniques of meditation, so try to find the best one that works for you.