Mindfulness-Based Sobriety: What It Is and How It Can Benefit You
Have you ever felt as though your mind was spinning? Like your anxiety was taking over – and you couldn’t breathe or think? Have you ever struggled with panic attacks that you seem to have trouble escaping from? These are common experiences for many people in addiction recovery, and it could be from the chances that come with recovery itself or from mental health concerns. Mindfulness-based sobriety helps ease some of these unpleasant thought processes that get us stuck in ruts; it helps us tune into the present moment and grounds us when life may otherwise seem chaotic. If you’ve never heard of mindfulness before, it is a highly effective practice that could be very beneficial for your recovery.
Research Sarah Bowen from the University of Washington told the Greater Good Magazine, published by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley that it’s when we grab our phone out of boredom, turn to substances to deal with stressful situations and eat food to feel comfort that we’re essentially seeking out a way to cope – but these external actions can only satisfy us for so long. Even then, they don’t get at the root cause of the issue: our mind.
Mindfulness-based sobriety helps many people in recovery work through negative thoughts and emotions by focusing on the present moment. Rather than predicting the future or ruminating on the past, we become balanced by recognizing that right here – right now – is the only moment that we have. Many in sobriety find that this approach not only transforms their lives, but it transforms the way they think – which is the very basis of it all. A 2016 study published in the journal Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics found that mindfulness-based sobriety provides many benefits to those in recovery:
· It heightens their senses to natural rewards – such as deeper connections with others – rather than rewards found from substances
· It promotes positive behavior change, which certainly can influence every aspect of a person’s life
· It improves executive functioning in the brain, which makes it easier to work through triggers and cravings often associated with relapse in recovery
If you’re ready to take on a new perspective on life while restoring your mind, body and spirit, apply mindfulness-based sobriety to your life, today.
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