What are the Benefits of Meditation?
Meditation has some wonderful benefits on a physical and mental level that many won’t understand until they experience it. With meditation, you are allowing positive energy to enter the cells in your body to gain peace, enthusiasm, and joy.
For individuals in recovery, incorporating a meditation routine will have a calming and synergetic effect for strengthening your sobriety. Many people are wary of meditation because sitting alone in your own thoughts is not easy at first, especially after you’re used to the chaos of addiction. Once you become connected with your inner-self, the process becomes a lot easier.
On a mental level, meditation reduces anxiety, increases emotional stability, creates more creativity and gives clarity. In recovery who cannot benefit from these factors? On a physical level, meditation lowers your blood pressure and decreases tension pain.
Did you know meditation can also improve your immune system? A study completed at the University of Wisconsin indicates, “A meditation habit can strengthen the body’s immune function, plus increase brain performance in the form of electrical activity.”
Starting to meditate can seem pretty easy at first but try with these easy steps:
- Just sit for two minutes a day in the first week. Increase by two minutes each week
- Try to set a reminder to meditate every morning.
- Don’t worry about where you sit or where you meditate, just make sure it’s quiet and comfortable
- Talk to your body, (not literally!) take a personal inventory of how you feel, are you tired or anxious? It’s okay.
- Keep a count of your breathing. Place your attention on your breath as you breathe. You can count 1 as you inhale, 2 as you breathe and continue all the way to 10 and start again.
- Your mind will wander, but make sure to maintain your breathing counts. This will help you focus.
- Try to notice the lights, sounds, and energy around you
- Make a commitment to yourself to meditation
Not only can you bring yourself more happiness by meditating, but you can also improve your health. Start creating a habit of meditating daily. Meditation is one of the alternative addiction therapies offered at Restore Health and Wellness as part of our addiction treatment programs. If you or a loved one are affected by substance abuse, contact us for a confidential assessment today.