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Focusing on Self-Control With Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness when life seems chaotic can be uncomfortable and requires a certain amount of emotional regulation. However, mindfulness helps us establish better self-control and enhance our ability to be nonjudgmental. Mindfulness and self-control are both a part of the recovery journey as they allow us to minimize negative emotions that can deplete us and can help us to lead a more balanced life.

Differences Between Mindfulness and Self-Control

There is a difference between mindfulness and self-control. Mindfulness refers to focusing your attention on the present moment; self-control is the ability to control yourself, particularly your emotions, in difficult situations.

Defining Mindfulness

Mindfulness helps us to relax as we focus on the sensations we are experiencing in the present moment. Mindfulness can progress and open up our mindsets to greater acceptance and possibility. Understanding mindfulness at its core can help you understand why it’s essential in addiction recovery.

The Connection Between Mindfulness and Self-Control

Mindfulness uses meditation, among other techniques, to help us notice and observe more and exercise our brains which can make it easier for us to maintain self-control when it seems impossible. Mindfulness techniques can help us gain better self-control and focus on the positive aspects of life. This helps in recovery from substance abuse because self-control and a healthier state of mind can help us avoid unhealthy situations or responses.

Why Focusing on Self-Control and Mindfulness Makes a Difference

When you focus on self-control through mindfulness, you become more disciplined, and it becomes easier to resist temptation. As we further progress in practicing mindfulness and self-control, the psychological and physical benefits become seated in our bodies and allow us to reduce stress and anxiety. In addiction recovery, eliminating unhealthy behaviors and responses is a core element.

Mindfulness and self-control teach you how to relate better and respond to adverse situations that arise unexpectedly. It’s imperative in recovery to regulate our emotions. This self-control helps us avoid signals and triggers that may have led to drinking or drug use before we sought treatment.

Observing your mind gives you greater insight and can be part of a healthier lifestyle. Choosing to focus on self-control through mindfulness during and after treatment goes a long way on the recovery path. When we set ourselves up for success, we can prevent negative experiences and behaviors by monitoring our thoughts and actions.

At The Guest House, we want you to be fulfilled in a way that leads to a greater sense of joy and purpose. You deserve to have a life filled with freedom and happiness. Practicing mindfulness improves your self-control, lowers your stress level, and helps you enjoy the current moment. For more information on developing a practice of mindfulness and improving your sense of self-control, contact us at The Guest House at (855) 483-7800. We can help you learn to eliminate unhealthy behaviors in your life and regain a sense of balance.