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. According to a new study an alcohol abuse treatment that
incorporates mindfulness is more successful then traditional treatment
alone. To read the entire article here is the url:
To practice mindfulness when you are experiencing a craving try using the acronym RAIN:
Recognize 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.
Give it a try and let us know what you notice.
Ashley. Health Educator