There are many people who suffer from an alcohol addiction and anxiety. Sometimes the anxiety can lead someone to abuse alcohol and other times the addiction can cause someone to have anxiety.
No matter the situation you are in, you should know that mindfulness can help to relieve anxiety and improve your recovering lifestyle.
The first thing to note is that anxiety isn’t bad in every aspect.
Having a bit of anxiety can remind you that you need to make changes in your life.
You need to do something to help you feel better and reduce the chaos in your life.
With that being said, there are some tips for how to practice mindfulness when you’re anxious.
Going Along for a Ride
Life is a series of ups and downs. You never know exactly what is going to happen. Yes, you can make plans and hope for the best. However, sometimes things are just out of your control and you don’t know what to do about it.
In instances like these, to relieve the anxiety you are feeling, it can be helpful to remember that you are going along for the ride. Life isn’t predictable, so when it feels like you are barely making progress, just remember the ride will switch up in time.
Take it as it comes at you and enjoy it.
End the Negative Self-Talk
Easier said than done, right? Yes, probably. However, when you end the negative self-talk, you start to realize just how strong you are.
Most people who experience anxiety or even an addiction feel they are weak. They don’t know how to block the negative thoughts or replace them with positive thoughts.
However, when you practice spotting the negative self-talk, you can start replacing those thoughts with positive ones.
See if you can start by doing this just one time every day.
Catch one negative thought and replace it with something good.
See how great that makes you feel.
The next day, do it two or three times. In time, you are going to be able to end your negative self-talk and reduce your anxiety.
Mindful Breathing Techniques
Another way to handle your anxiety is to practice mindful breathing techniques.
There are many different techniques you can use when you are feeling anxious, trying to manage your recovery or to calm yourself down.
However, the basics for all are practically the same.
You start by acknowledging you have anxiety.
Once you do this, you can rest your breath and pay attention to your breathing.
You will then inhale into your belly very deeply and picture the breath coming out of you.
All of your breathing should be done slowly, so you can stay aware of how you are feeling. Acknowledge that you are breathing out the anxiety.
Keep doing this type of breathing until you feel more relaxed and calm.
Don’t try to control the anxiety, just let it out. When you are finished, take note of how you feel and the benefits you got from doing this exercise.
These are some of the ways you can practice mindfulness when you’re anxious.
Whether you experience anxiety all the time or every once in a while, these techniques can help you a great deal.
also see: How Mindfulness Improves Mental Health
Author Bio: Patrick Bailey is a professional writer mainly in the fields of mental health, addiction, and living in recovery. He attempts to stay on top of the latest news in the addiction and the mental health world and enjoy writing about these topics to break the stigma associated with them.
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