Mindfulness and meditation are powerful tools in recovery. Developing a meditation routine is not inherently spiritual. In fact, for mental health recovery, mindfulness meditation is incredibly scientific.
Mindfulness Meditation For Mental Health Recovery
Mindfulness meditation is all about connecting to and working with the mind. Addiction and alcoholism are widely regarded as mental illnesses, a disease which lives inside the mind. In order to treat mental illness, we have to treat the mind. Essentially, mindfulness meditation is a treatment for mental health. Though we have medications and therapeutic treatment methods, we have little technology to go in and specifically treat the mind. Unlike broken bones which can be casted, the brain has to be worked with from the outside, so to speak. Your consciousness lives in your brain, but you have to use it to create mindfulness meditation within your brain. Like a cast binding together a bone, mindfulness meditation helps bring together areas of your brain that have been separated for far too long.
How Mindfulness Helps Mental Health Recovery
Being present in each moment is hard to do when you’re distracted by cravings for drugs and alcohol, anxious thoughts, or feelings of depression. Staying present and aware of your surroundings and feelings is difficult when so much of your mindfulness is directed in other places. By working with mindfulness meditation, you are able to bring your brain back to the present moment and learn how to pay attention to what is really going on. Substances and maladaptive behaviors helps us to skirt over our true feeling experiences. Mindfulness meditation helps us to look at our emotional experiences more objectively, which can helps us to gain control over cravings and symptoms of anxiety or depression.
Mindfulness Meditation has been Proven to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce risk for heart attack and stroke
- Reduce severity of cravings
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Reduce symptoms of stress
- Increase brain matter
- Increase oxygen flow
- Increase focus and concentration
- Enhance feelings of wellness
- Enhance feelings of connection
- Create calm
- Create positivity
The residential treatment programs at Aurora Recovery Centre are designed to provide healing and recovery in mind, body, and spirit. Our programs are open to men and women seeking a pathway to lifelong recovery. Let us show you the way. Call 844-515-STOP for more information.