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Mindfulness And Stress Management Practices For Rehab Centers

Joseph Sitarik, DO

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Joseph Sitarik, DO

March 19, 2019

Practicing mindfulness in your recovery can help you to reduce stress which will, in turn, reduce the chances that you will have a relapse. Many rehabs teach mindfulness and stress management as part of their addiction treatment programs. Learn more about it today.

As you have begun the search for a drug rehab facility that meets your standards for quality treatment and recovery, you have probably recognized the need for self-motivation. The more you take the initiative to understand addiction and how it affects the mind and body, the better your chance is of a successful recovery without a dreadful relapse.

You’ve probably heard about the havoc that drug or alcohol addiction can wreak; it can change the way a person thinks, behaves, and lives. Not only can drugs alter brain chemistry, but addiction has the tendency to cause an overwhelming amount of stress.

This is why the activity of mindfulness and learning how to decrease toxic levels of stress is vital to your recovery.

More About Mindfulness

If you don’t know much about mindfulness, it’s never too late to learn; and the idea is quite simple. Mindfulness is a form of meditation in which one quiets the mind in order to release thoughts in a non-judgmental pattern.

As a person peacefully meditates and focuses on comforting breathing exercises, thoughts will naturally enter the mind. The goal is not to hold onto the thought, dwell on it, or feel attachment to it (whether the thought is positive or negative).

In the same way a thought “pops” into the mind, it is directed to have a just as calm and brief path for exiting.

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What’s The Point?

One explanation of mindfulness and a person might be thinking how something so simple can help. Here’s why the meditation is so important:

Usually, when a person thinks, he or she is not acutely aware of what is going on in the mind. A thought sneakily enters the brain and sometimes causes a negative and/or stressful reaction, which could include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness

However, as a person practices mindfulness, the entire process of meditation is focused on maintaining peace through emptying the mind of busy thoughts–especially those that are negative.

This process, although simplistic, actually serves to develop a new habit of redirecting unproductive thoughts. It also helps a person to not feel judgmental or guilty about unfavorable things that sometimes enter the mind.

Mindfulness Relieves Stress

Because mindfulness is a process of becoming more self-aware and encouraging more self-control, a person practicing this form of meditation begins to feel empowered, rather than stressed. These emotions are often a stark contrast when considering the average person struggling with alcohol or drug dependency has experienced bouts of negative thoughts about him or herself.

Sometimes a person struggling with addiction also feels out of control. Because of the time and energy dedicated to control of thoughts and emotions during mindfulness, these feelings are not the case during times of practicing the activity.

Mindfulness promotes:

  • Peace
  • Mental clarity
  • Increased energy
  • Direction
  • Motivation
  • Holistic wellness
  • Reduces stress

How Can I Incorporate Mindfulness?

Treatment and recovery can easily involve mindfulness as an activity to reduce stress, even if you do not have much time or energy to put forth.

The process of meditation does not have to be a thirty-minutes set aside at a special time of day. Any time you feel as if you need to clear your mind or reduce stress (or other negative feelings), it is a good time to practice mindfulness.

Implementing mindfulness for just a few minutes when you are feeling particularly weak can revitalize your mind and body.

A Plea To Try It

Mindfulness will become more than an activity, it will bring you a level of peace and satisfaction that you did not realize existed. In the midst of the busy world of the 21st century in which communication with nearly anyone, anywhere is possible, taking a moment to pause is crucial.

The world might be nagging your body and brain for more attention, but your body and mind need peace to maintain balance. This simple form of meditation has the potential to help relieve the woes that have been burdening your mind and body, bringing you to a place of rest.

Get The Help You Need Today

If finding rest at a treatment center that addresses holistic wellness is of significance to you, then options await. You deserve to have the best treatment possible–one that meets your expectations and needs for complete rehabilitation and successful recovery.

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