Stress is a normal part of life, but when it becomes overwhelming, it can be problematic. It’s important to keep stress in check by being conscious of these feelings and taking steps to promote relaxation. This is especially critical for individuals in recovery where stress can act as a trigger for relapse.
One strategy that many people find helpful is meditation. It is a wonderful way to calm the body and mind, be more present, and alleviate tension and stress. However, many people fear that they’re doing it ‘wrong’ and it’s not working for them. The good news is that there is no ‘wrong’ way to meditate. It’s all about finding what works for you to help you focus and relax.
Keep Moving or Sit Still
Meditating doesn’t have to mean sitting cross-legged on the floor in silence. Some people have a hard time sitting still and find that walking meditation is a better option. Disconnect from technology and concentrate on being present in the moment, noticing the world around you: birds chirping, clouds floating across the sky, and leaves changing colors.
Other people find that they can sit quietly and reflect for a few minutes. You don’t have to devote hours to meditating – even a few minutes at a time will do as long as it helps you to relax and re-center yourself. Find somewhere comfortable and somewhat quiet where you can focus.
Silence or Guided
You may prefer to sit in the quiet and be alone with your thoughts. There may be certain mantras you find helpful, or you could concentrate on trying to calm your mind. Other people find that guided meditation works better for them because it leads them through various exercises. You can do your own thing or go along with a certain program; figure out what works best for you.
Combine it with Yoga
The mind-body connection can be very powerful. Focusing not just on your thoughts, but also on the movement of your body can be relaxing and calming. Practice mindfulness meditation as you do yoga to create a more healing and enriching environment. Pay attention to what you’re feeling, how you’re breathing, and where your body is in space. This can be an effective way of pushing through cravings by diverting your attention to something else.
Don’t Give Up
Meditation is something that takes time. You may have a difficult time quieting your mind and keeping your thoughts from racing by, but don’t give up. Keep trying and changing things up to find what works for you. Talk to others and see how they approach meditation and mindfulness. Incorporating these types of holistic practices into your addiction recovery can help you to focus on healing and strengthening your mind, body, and spirit. Addiction can make you feel very disconnected, but meditation can be a way of reconnecting.
Seacliff Recovery Center incorporates both group and individual meditation into its addiction recovery programs to introduce clients to a wide range of opportunities. You never know what may resonate with you, so go into it with an open mind. Seacliff supports clients throughout every step of their journey with comprehensive treatment to build a strong foundation for lasting recovery.