Getting sober is not a quick and easy process. You want to make sure you do anything you can to avoid relapsing. Many of your lifestyle choices were changed, and you continuously work towards creating a better you. Stress, triggers and temptation of everyday life can run you off track in your recovery process. Stay focused on what is important; make recovery your priority.
Meditation should be a tool in your sobriety toolbox. Unfortunately, some people believe meditation can be some hippy nonsense, and others may find it very attractive. But meditation comes with many benefits for everyone, especially those who have become sober.
What is meditation?
Meditation is the practice of mindfulness or focus. It improves and develops concentration, enhances positive emotions, and brings an individual a sense of calm and relaxation.
How can meditation help?
Everyone experiences stress. We all get stress from work, friends, family and anything else you can name. Just because we get stressed out does not mean it is unmanageable. Stress is one of the most common causes of relapse; understanding what causes stress and responding effectively is essential. Meditation helps the brain release dopamine, which regulates your mood and serotonin. This eases tension and relaxes the body, which promotes overall well-being. The more you practice meditation, the more you can learn to cope with stress.
Getting sober is a hard path, and it is easy to feel ashamed and regretful of the things you have done. Getting past these feelings and loving yourself is crucial. Meditation can help you address those negative feelings and teach you to accept and forgive yourself. Connect your mind and body to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Become the best version of yourself.
Something to remember is that recovery is not a race; you can't sprint to the finish line. It is a long, difficult process that requires training, like a marathon. Don't expect to go back to living a normal life, getting into a relationship or making huge life decisions in life so quickly. Taking on too much becomes overwhelming and will lead to burnout. Meditation helps you focus on the present and enables you to take your recovery one step at a time.
Remember, meditation takes time. Practice makes perfect. It comes in many shapes and sizes. Start small, meditate for 10 minutes and slowly build it up. Do not expect to get it right off the bat. Practice, practice, practice. Eventually, you will reach a peaceful state of mind, and you may come to enjoy it.
Everyone at House of Courage is here to support you on your journey. If you feel you have made a mistake, we can help you move forward and continue achieving your goals.