Mindfulness is an important tool to have in your back pocket when you are going through recovery from substance abuse or mental illness. Many people, however, may still be a bit confused when it comes to what mindfulness really is. This article will serve as a guide to mindfulness, teaching you how you can implement mindful techniques into your daily life. Continue reading for more!
Mindfulness Doesn’t Look the Same for Everyone
The first thing to keep in mind when it comes to mindfulness is that it doesn’t look the same for everyone. The way you practice mindfulness may look very different from the way your friend practices mindfulness. This doesn’t mean that one of you is doing it wrong, it just further proves that different people use and can benefit from mindfulness in different ways. You may even use mindfulness in different ways depending on the situation you’re in. Try not to fit yourself in a box when you think about mindfulness. Allow yourself to use mindfulness in the way that you see fit.
Slow It Down
One tool of mindfulness is the ability to slow it down. This means your breathing, your thoughts, and your concentration. Oftentimes, when you are in a stressful situation, you are caught up in your thoughts. You forget about breathing and your concentration is locked on the stressor. If you’re amidst a stressful moment and you are feeling like this, try to slow everything down and remove yourself from the stressor. Engage in deep breathing where you are slowing down your breath and repeating a positive mantra to yourself to help calm your thoughts and refocus yourself back in the present moment.
Once you are able to slow it down, allow yourself to focus on the present moment. Let go of the things in the past that you can’t control. Let go of the things in the future that you can’t control. The only thing that can help you be mindful is the present. While you have focused yourself in the present moment, take note of what is around you as you use all of your senses. What do you see that can ground you in the present moment? What can you smell that can bring you back to reality? What can you touch to center yourself? By focusing on your senses, you’re giving yourself the ability to remain present.
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