February 7, 2017
Yoga tips to serenity treatment can be essential to a client’s recovery and future. Stress and worry can be a huge part of the beginning of recovery. Going from suppressing one’s emotions through the strenuous life of drug and alcohol abuse to abstinence from substances can bring out feelings that have long been pushed down and unfelt.
Feelings don’t go away just because they are repressed. In fact, when repressed, they can actually build up. Thus, it is especially important to someone new in recovery to find healthy coping skills to learn how to deal with these feelings and their accompanying stresses. A great way to do so is through yoga and meditation.
Starting a yoga-meditation regimen can lift a client off into a life of a clear mind, helping anyone to make better decisions despite the negative thoughts in one’s head. Here are some tips to help a new or prospective client better their mindfulness and better bring peace and happiness into their life.
Whether you live with a roommate or are staying in a room on your own, it always is possible to bring some Zen into your living space. Candles, soft or vibrant colors—depending on what aesthetic calm you down and brighten your life—can all create a place where the calm can begin. What you surround yourself with can subconsciously affect one’s state of mind and how easily one can calm down into the present moment. According to Freshome, “colors act in three basic ways: active, passive and neutral.” If you cannot paint your room, don’t worry. With items like a creative carpet, bed sheets, wall décor, and curtains, you can transform your space to begin a journey to mindfulness.
2. YouTube-Guided Meditations.
We live in a day and age where you don’t have to attend a yoga or meditation class to learn how to practice these calming tools. Try YouTubing guided 5- to 10-minute basic yoga tutorials and basic guide meditations. You don’t have to be a pro, and you don’t have to do it perfectly. The most important thing is to try. A simple 2- to 5-minute tutorial a day can actually make a huge difference in your life!
3. Keep a Journal.
Take note of each experience you have after every yoga and meditation session you partake in. Try doing some yoga then meditate after. If you start your day off this way and do as much as you can during the week, you will see your perspective and sense of calm progress in these journal entries. It doesn’t necessarily have to be at the start of your day either. It can be anytime you can have time to yourself. If you have a roommate, pop in some headphones. When there’s a will, there’s a way, and it’s progress over perfection!
The most essential part of these practices is to breathe. A slow breath in through your nose and out through your mouth can change everything. Yoga and meditation do not work unless you breathe in this manner. Try breathing in for 5 to 7 seconds and out for 10 seconds. Focusing on breath despite the thoughts will eventually progress to a point where thoughts are calm.
5. Don’t Give Up!
Any successful person will tell you that the No. 1 path to accomplishing anything in life is perseverance. Remember, yoga and meditation do not have to be done like a professional for it to work. The important thing is to try and try and try again. More likely than not, yoga and meditation will not calm you down the first few times. It takes practice and tons of willingness, but it is perfectly possible to succeed. Mostly, one must accept the rushing thoughts and possible anxiety and persevere through that. That’s true success.
Are You Struggling With Addiction?
Serenity is impossible when in active drug and alcohol addiction and hope is lacking in that retrospect. At Ocean Breeze Recovery, we are fully staffed with professional ready and willing to help you or your loved one to a life of peace and happiness away from the grips of addiction. If you or loved one need help, call us 24-7 group of drug and alcohol specialists at 855-960-5341 today.