The mind is a powerful thing and the connection between mind and body is a bond that cannot be broken. Think about it. What happens to you physically when you sense fear? Your fight or flight trigger engages and you react, right?
Think of the brain as the command center of your body. Thoughts are interpreted by the body as a command to act.
The Guided Meditation Site proves this theory further with this experiment;
“Imagine for a moment that you are biting into the sourest lemon you can imagine. You bite straight through the tough yellow skin and into the flesh. Lemon juice pours out over your tongue…”
What was your reaction? Did you involuntarily salivate? Just thinking about the taste of a sour lemon produced a physical reaction. You didn’t even have to actually taste a real lemon.
Mind-body medicine is widely utilized during holistic rehab as an additional treatment for addiction through guided imagery and meditation. The benefits gained from this mind over matter philosophy curtail addictive behaviors and cravings while instilling a sense of peace, joy, and comfort; thereby reducing stress.
How to Practice Mind-Body Medicine at Home
Practicing mind-body medicine techniques at home is easier than one might think. During holistic rehab, treatment is typically guided. Continuing guided imagery after rehab as a positive reinforcement of long-term sobriety can be done by viewing guided imagery videos on YouTube or by following these five steps created by wikiHow.
- Be determined to stop your addictive behaviors before you proceed
- Make a list of the reasons you want to stop your addictive behaviors. Improved health and family relationships for example
- Review your list and modify any negative comments into positive statements. Change “I don’t want to feel hung-over all the time” to “I want to feel healthy and have more energy”
- Find a place to be alone where there will be no distractions (computers, phones, TV, or people). Sit or lie comfortably. Take a few deep breaths. Relax your mind and body. Listen to the sounds around you and tune-in to your current feelings. Visualize a peaceful place, the beach or mountains perhaps. Use all your senses to go to this place; smell, sound, and sight. Feel the breeze, hear the waves as they gently crash to shore or birds singing in the treetops. Feel the warmth of the sun, the sand underneath you, or the smell of pine trees and campfires. Breathe deeply.
- Begin reading your list out loud. You might say; “Here I am on this sun drenched beach and I am not high. I am feeling relaxed and calm, I am happy and healthy. I am free from my addiction to drugs and/or alcohol, and I am feeling so good because I have reunited with my family.” Do this with every item on your list.
Filling your mind and body with peace and positive thoughts will help tremendously with long-term sobriety. Change your mind, change your life. It’s a win-win all the way around.