Most people will experiences stress in one way or another. There are many ways to cope with stress, and while drinking may be an easy way out for many people, it all too often turns into a problem. Mindfulness based stress reduction is one way to learn how to deal with stressful factors in your life for good and end your addiction, along with addiction counseling.
Are You Stressed?
Here are a few telltale signs of stress:
- Tired often
- Have headaches and achy
- Having problems with chest pain
- Troubled by insomnia
- Feeling like sex is a chore
- Having trouble concentrating
- Emotionally exhausted and overreacting to things
If you have said yes to any of these, you may have a bit more stress in your life than is healthy. Think about removing stress and learning new ways to cope with stress. Sometimes all it takes is a new tool or technique, such as a meditation therapy program, to change our lives totally.
What is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?
Mindfulness based stress reduction for addiction gives people a whole new set of tools to deal with stresses in their lives. It will allow you to see things a bit more objectively and cause things that would usually bother you to be a bother no longer. Mindfulness based stress reduction has been around for a long time. It does not cause people to turn to drinking or other substances to ease their anxieties. It is an all natural method, just like our holistic therapy program, of reducing stress and the effects of stress on your body and your life.
Mindfulness based stress reduction aims to change your perspective on your stress. Practicing it will allow you to be more objective and able to take stress in stride rather than continually reacting to it until solving the problem. This approach can be taught differently to different people, which means that it is not a one size fits all solution for stress, but each person can take from it what they need to solve their own problems.
Mindfulness based stress reduction will:
- Change the focus of the personal experience
- Integrate meditation and mindfulness into daily activities
- Make every moment count
- Work towards living a completely mindful and present life
These may sound a bit wishy-washy, but the point here is to live your experiences as experiences and not things that are happening to you in the ego. Yes, your experiences are related to you, but they are not you. When you can embody this state of mind, you will live free of stresses applied from the outside. Things and vents still hold importance, but your validity and well-being do not depend on them.
How is This Accomplished?
Mindfulness based stress reduction happens through counseling, a meditation therapy program, large classes, one-on-one situations, as long as the goal teaches people to experience every moment, and the environment is supportive. Yoga classes are a great way to get your feet wet in this area as well.
While much of the work will occur in a group therapy setting, individual therapy plays a part as well. In individual therapy sessions, you will look over spans of time and reflect on how present you have been each day. After this, you will work on ways to remind yourself to be more present in your daily life.
You can accomplish this with programs in your area. First Step Center offers programs in mindfulness based stress reduction and meditation. We work with people affected by stress and addiction. We also support the use of peer support groups and have many counseling options for those with a dual diagnosis. Give us a call today at 866.832.6398 to find out more about how we can help you to fight your addiction and control your stress levels.