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Mindfulness is, essentially, being actively present and focused in the current moment. It allows you to relieve yourself of the pressure of feeling guilt, shame, or sadness over the past and worrying about the future. These emotions are all triggers for relapse, especially in early recovery when you are heavily focused on processing past trauma and preparing for a new life without drugs and alcohol. When you practice mindfulness, you decrease the risk of relapse due to these emotions because you are giving yourself permission to focus only on what you are doing and nothing else.
The beauty of mindfulness is that anyone can do it; it is free of charge; and you can start right now. Here’s how:
Are you ready to start practicing mindfulness, or have you already started? What benefits do you experience when you focus on staying in the moment?