Sometimes recovery can include many ups and downs. You might be feeling fine one day and then the next you’re battling cravings and desires to use. You might feel balanced for a few weeks, and then out of the blue you have intense waves of anxiety and fear.
The process of recovery and healing your mind and body is a slow one. And it’s one that’s going to likely bring waves and waves of emotions and challenging thoughts.
However, there are certain practices that you can incorporate into your life that might bring a sense of stability, balance, and ease. Although the waves might still be there at first, these practices can help with the way that you respond to them. Then, over time, once you’ve found a greater source of support within yourself, it’s likely that the cravings and desires and anxieties will cease.
Here are some healing practices to consider:
This could be considered a form of exercise, which invites an integrated experience of body and mind. One of the reasons why yoga is becoming more and more popular is because its effects can be experienced immediately as well as over time. It’s a great way to relax while also allowing the body to open, become flexible, and heal.
Meditation is a practice of simply witnessing your mind. With your attention on one point of focus, you simultaneously witness what your mind is doing. The point of becoming a witness to yourself is to then be less attached to (and believe in) your thoughts. Instead, you can become curious about your challenging experiences and learn how to best cope with them.
Not everyone is religious or spiritual. However, one of the reasons why the Alcoholics Anonymous community relies upon it so much is that it gives you a sense of being embraced by a higher power. Attending spiritual or religious activities can boost your sense of feeling accompanied in this life by someone or something that’s greater than you. With this you can take the weight off your shoulders, which can help lift feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry.
One of the ways to tap into a greater part of yourself is to be creative. Creativity requires intuition and other forms of intelligence that can not only facilitate the creative endeavor you’re working on, but also provide insight and understanding into your life.
It’s hard to be connected to your own healing process when mind is very active. Although it can be a challenge to slow down, doing so can create more space between your thoughts. With more space inside, there is more access to intuition, feelings, and appreciation for life. Appreciation and gratitude are inner experiences that can help transform one’s life.
A good way to begin is to journal. Writing out your experiences, feelings, and thoughts on a consistent basis can cultivate a deep inner connection. Journaling is a way of becoming more aware of the subtle aspects of your life, and awareness itself can open the door to the wisdom of the heart.
These are some practices to consider so that you can find a greater sense of stability within.
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