Mindfulness is a technique that can be helpful for depression, anxiety, anger, stress management, chronic pain and even addiction. When people practice mindfulness regularly it can actually change how the brain works. Take a look at this interesting article that discusses mindfulness and smoking cessation: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201204/can-mindfulness-help-you-quit-smoking
One of the main points in the article was how to practice mindfulness for smoking cessation. Dr. Brewer, who was being interviewed in the article, suggested using the RAIN acronym which stands for:
the craving that is arising, and relax into it.Accept
this moment. Don’t ignore it, distract yourself, or try to do something about it.Investigate
the experience as it builds. Ask yourself, “What is happening in my body right now?”Note
what is happening. As you note pressure, dullness, tightness, or whatever, it becomes clear that these are nothing more than body sensations. You don’t have to act on them. You can simply ride out the sensations until they subside.”
Dr. Brewer explained that when we fully experience an uncomfortable feeling we take the power away and gradually the feelings subside.
Are you feeling anxious or down now? Are you experiencing a craving? Try RAIN and let us know what you notice.
Ashley, Health Educator