Mindfulness teaches that instead of trying to avoid your experience, which has been associated with a host of mental and emotional disorders, you adopt an inquisitive and observing attitude toward your thoughts, feelings, and circumstances. The individual is encouraged to simply notice the feelings of anger (and other emotions) and investigate emotions in many facets. To sit with an uncomfortable emotion may sound difficult, and it certainly takes some adjustment to accept what’s going on at that moment instead of taking a mental or emotional vacation.
Mindfulness techniques help change the relationship with the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences and learning to accept them as they are, rather than how you might like them to be, you can literally change your brain and strengthen cognitive networks that are important in managing stress and anxiety. This can help individuals develop a greater capacity for self-observation, optimism, and well-being, which can lead to better control over your addictive behavior. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to contribute to improved self-control and less impulsivity. Impulsivity plays an important role in addiction and drug abuse, and better self-control can lead to a better result.
Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:
- Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
- Less negative thinking and distraction
- Improved mood
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