You’ve probably heard people talking about mindfulness—but do you know what it means, exactly? Most basically, mindfulness is about being present in the moment. It’s about being cognizant of your surroundings, and grateful for where you are. Mindfulness is about simply being, and letting your busy mind grow quiet.
Mindfulness has been linked with a number of mental health benefits, too—including decreased stress and anxiety. It’s no wonder, then, that it’s an increasingly popular technique for those in drug and alcohol recovery. Certainly, it’s something we endorse here at Seacliff.
How do you actually practice mindfulness, though? If you’ve never done it before, you may be unsure of how to incorporate mindfulness into your everyday life. Allow us to recommend just a few simple steps for developing a daily mindfulness practice.
Be thankful. When you wake up each morning, take just five minutes to actively practice gratitude. Contemplate what you’re thankful for. Speak them out loud. Keep a gratitude journal, even!
Practice some breathing exercises. Pause during your busy day to really focus on breathing—in and out. You can learn some great breathing techniques by attending a yoga class, or by downloading a breathing app.
Meditate. Once more, yoga classes and meditation apps can help you. There are also some helpful YouTube videos out there. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, either; just find a meditation technique that works for you.
People watch. Park yourself on a favorite bench somewhere and simply observe the hustle and bustle around you. This is a great way to simply be in the present moment.
Do nothing. Devote 10 minutes to simply sitting somewhere and letting your mind wander. You might be amazed at how restful and energizing it can be.
Try mindfulness today. It may prove to be a valuable tool in your recovery toolbox!
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