Many people in recovery from an addiction swear by meditating daily as a way to keep them grounded, stress-free and help them avoid the pitfalls of a potential relapse. Now, if you’re wondering about meditation as a part of a recovering lifestyle, but you aren’t sure that it will make a difference for you, you should consider the many benefits of taking up this, and many other holistic recovery practices.
Meditating helps us in so many ways, and you don’t have to be striving to tap into the spiritual realm to really benefit from this practice. In fact, even if you’re just a beginner who focuses on your breathing for a few minutes, you can really reap some rewards.
- Meditating can help to reduce your stress levels. Even if you’re just a beginner, just taking five minutes to slow down, clear your mind, and focus on your breathing can make dealing with the tough stuff just a little bit easier.
- Meditating can even help to ease feelings of tension. Stress and tension can contribute to your desire to use or drink. Taking a while to meditate can help you to ease the physical tension that often goes along with stress, and since tension can cause us to feel physical pain, getting rid of it can actually help to fight some of those cravings.
- Meditation reminds us of our place in the world, and in our recovery. When you’re focused on staying clean and sober, meditation can help you to stay grounded in your recovery efforts and keep you on the right path.
- Meditating helps us stay in the moment. One of the problems that many in recovery have is thinking too far ahead or dwelling on the past. They let shame and heartache overwhelm them, or they find they drown in their fears about the future. The thing is, you’ve already been through the past, and you’re never going to get to the future if you can’t get through the current moment.
You don’t have to attend a holistic rehab to enjoy the benefits of meditation, but if you’re interested in taking your recovery, and your whole life in a more natural, alternative direction, getting started in a holistic treatment program can really help.
In the meantime, consider meditating daily to help lower stress levels, keep you grounded, and remind you that while you can’t control everything, there are some things that you can.