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Three Ideas for a Spiritual New Year’s Eve

When we think of celebrating New Year’s Eve, for many of us the images that come to mind are the images that are fed to us by the media: you go to a big party. If you are married, you go with your spouse. If you are single, you go with a date or you go hoping to meet someone. Either way, there is dancing and drinking. At midnight you drink a glass of champagne to ring in the New Year. It can be a great time, but maybe this year you want to do something different. Maybe you don’t drink. Maybe you aren’t in the mood for a big party. Maybe you want to spend the time more reflectively. Here are three ideas for how to spend a more contemplative New Year’s Eve.

Declutter Physically and Mentally

Decluttering and organizing has been in the media a lot recently. Decluttering your physical surroundings can help lighten your mental load, which would be a great way to start the new year. Also, if you want to bring new things into your life--new clothes that fit the career you aspire to, a new habit to improve your health, a new spiritual practice--whatever it is, you need to make space for it. Spend some time on New Year’s Eve getting rid of possessions that you no longer want or need. Get them physically out of your home.

Spend some time thinking about habits. Maybe you stop for coffee every morning on your way to work. If you really enjoy that part of your morning, then keep it. If not, change it. Maybe you would like to spend 30 more minutes at home reading or meditating. Think about the habits of the mind. Do you speak critically to yourself? That would be a good mental habit to change. Have you been holding onto anger? Your anger may be completely justified, but it is only hurting you. Do you still feel guilty about something that is over and done with? Maybe it’s time to let that go. Just as you removed the physical items you no longer need, you can remove the mental junk as well. Take a piece of paper and write down the habits you want to remove from your life and the old anger, hurt, and guilt that you no longer want to carry with you and then you can burn the paper to symbolically rid your life of that negativity.

Create a Vision for What You Do Want

Now that you’ve cleared out some space--physically and mentally--you have room to bring in the new. A great way to make what you want tangible is to create a vision board. To start, spend a few minutes writing down goals you want to achieve in the coming year, experiences you want to have, and what you want your life to be like. You will need a poster board or foam board, tape or glue, something to write with, old magazines, photos, or images from the internet. You will want to include a picture of yourself somewhere on the board and make a collage. If you want to become more physically active maybe you have a photo of a swimmer. If you want to work towards a promotion at work maybe you find an image of a nice office or some other image that speaks to you. Add words, affirmations, inspirational messages, quotes you enjoy, and anything else you want to your board. When you are finished, take a few minutes and enjoy your work. Put your finished board someplace where you can see it every day and use it to keep what you want uppermost in your mind.

Some people make separate vision boards for different aspects of their lives. For instance, you might make one for work and one for home. If you have set a major goal for yourself, perhaps to run a marathon, you might want to create a board just for that. The key to making a vision board is to create something that speaks to you, and you should have fun while you are doing it.

End and Begin the Year in Meditation

Now you have spent some time getting rid of what no longer serves you, literally and symbolically, and you have spent some time contemplating what you do want. Now it’s time to quiet your mind. Take some time to mentally review the year, focusing on special memories and accomplishments. Shortly before midnight, settle in to meditate. If you are new to meditation, that’s okay. A simple way to meditate is to focus on your breath. Sit with your eyes closed, and notice your breathing. You will begin to feel more peaceful. End the old year, and begin the new year with a feeling of peace.

Part of the recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol involves visualizing what you want your new life to be. Having a vision can help sustain your commitment to sobriety or influence your decision to begin your journey. It isn’t enough to treat your addiction; the underlying issues that led to the addiction need to be addressed, and you need a powerful vision of what your life can be when you are free of addiction. At Enlightened Solutions, we tailor a recovery plan for each client that reflects their needs and goals.  We offer a range of treatment modalities designed to treat the whole person, including individual and group counseling, yoga and meditation, acupuncture and chiropractic care, art and music therapy, family constellation therapy, and equine therapy. We provide our clients with the skills they need to be successful in the new life they are creating.  To take that first step into a life free from addiction, call us at (833) 801-5483.

 


Choosing the Exercise That’s Right for You

Choosing the Exercise That’s Right for You

Researchers keep discovering new benefits that come with exercising. Perhaps it’s obvious that regular exercise is good for your physical health, but it may surprise you how good it is for your mental health as well. Regular exercise improves your mood by boosting levels of endorphins and serotonin: the “feel-good neurotransmitter.” Exercise improves your sleep, which leads to many other positive outcomes.

Also, exercise changes the way your brain responds to stress, which helps reduce chronic stress and anxiety. It even boosts BDNF, a neurotransmitter that grows neurons in your hippocampus, which is the part of the brain involved in creating long-term memories.

For these reasons and others, exercise is now part of most addiction treatment programs and should be part of every long-term recovery plan. However, this can be a huge challenge for many people. If you’ve never been especially active, you might not even know where to start. The following are some important things to consider when choosing what kind of exercise to do as part of your addiction recovery plan.

Everyone Is Different

First, it’s crucial to keep in mind that everyone is different. There’s no single right answer when it comes to choosing the best exercise for you. Everyone has different capabilities, levels of fitness, levels of distress tolerance, and levels of energy. Additionally, everyone has different interests and goals. When making choices about how to be active, stay focused on your own goals and needs, and keep evaluating whether what you’re doing aligns with those.

The Default

If you really have no idea where to start, start with walking. You can start by walking two minutes a day if necessary, to establish a healthy habit. It doesn’t matter so much if your exercise isn’t especially challenging at first. The easier the exercise is, the easier it is to form a habit.

Many studies have shown that walking delivers a lot of benefits, including improved mood and cognition, lower stress, reduced inflammation, healthier body weight, and lower risk of cardiovascular disease. A good initial target is walking 20 minutes a day, but it’s fine if you can’t manage that immediately.

Most research on exercise and mental health has focused on aerobic exercises such as walking, running, biking, and swimming. Completing these types of exercises at moderate intensity for 20 minutes appears to be the minimum effective dose.

Running

Another common default exercise is running. A lot of people feel like if they want to get in shape, they need to get out there and run. Typically, walking is fine or even preferable if you’re not especially active. If you do decide you would rather run, give it a shot but take it slow. Most people try to do too much too early.

There’s a lot of repetitive impact stress on your body and it takes a while for your body to adapt. You might feel like you have more than enough energy to run a mile or more, but your ankles, knees, or back might disagree, especially if you run several days in a row. It’s better to do too little than too much when you first start running. You can always increase your mileage later.

Your Goals

It’s important to know what you want from exercise. Most people just want to do something to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy. If that’s what you want, you should be able to accomplish that pretty easily in a number of different ways. Other people will have more ambitious goals. Perhaps you want to lose weight, build strength, or even compete.

Athletics can provide a sense of self-efficacy, self-esteem, and community. Whatever your goals are, it’s important to keep them in mind. Individuals in the fitness industry can attempt to tell you that you should be doing certain activities when in reality, those things have nothing to do with your own priorities. Know what you want from exercise and stick with it.

Intensity

A lot of people are under the mistaken impression that exercise only counts if you end up dripping sweat and out of breath. While some people are really into that, it’s not for everyone. Attempting intense workouts can keep you from establishing a solid exercise habit. The good news is that most kinds of exercise are easily scalable to your desired level of intensity. You can walk, you can run, or you can run fast, for example.

However, it’s also important to know what you’re getting into. For example, if you’ve never done yoga before, you probably don’t want to jump into an hour-and-a-half-long ashtanga class. The same goes for kickboxing or Crossfit, or anything where you have to keep up. The “go hard or go home” approach to exercise will most likely lead to exhaustion and burnout.

Skill

Another thing to consider is the skill required for a certain activity. There are a number of considerations here. First, high-skill activities tend to require a coach or at least a competent exercise friend to show you the basics. We live in an age where a lot of this information is easily accessible on YouTube and other places but these can never fully replace the guidance of a good coach. Since that may or may not be something you have access to, it’s important to consider.

The upside of high skill activities is that they tend to be more engaging. For example, jogging for an hour and practicing tennis strokes for an hour may require roughly the same amount of energy, but jogging for an hour can be intensely boring, whereas getting your serve or backhand to land in the court requires a lot more attention and experimentation. Wanting to improve your skills draws you into the activity and makes it more fun.

Socializing

It’s important to figure out whether you would prefer to exercise alone or with a group. One large research study found that team sports are the single best exercise to do for mental health, due largely to the combination of physical activity and socializing. However, as noted above, everyone is different and you need to figure out what works for you.

Some people prefer their workouts to be alone time so they can think and unwind, while others enjoy the interaction. Keep in mind that team sports aren’t the only social form of exercise. There are also biking and running groups as well as exercise classes. Again, since there’s no right answer, you have the opportunity to explore what works best for you.

Convenience

Finally, convenience is important. You may think you don’t mind driving an hour for fencing lessons, but it may get old after a while. If your goal is to make exercise a regular part of your life in order to manage your mental health and reduce your disease risk, you may want to minimize the barriers to actually doing it.

You can go to the gym near your house or your work, instead of the nicer gym across town. You can walk or run in your neighborhood. At least in the beginning, choose some kind of exercise that you can do with little inconvenience. Exercise is one of the best things you can do for your recovery from addiction but getting started is sometimes intimidating.

Keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. Choose something that interests you, but you don’t need to commit to the first thing you try. Also, keep in mind that the best exercise is always the exercise that you’ll actually do, whether that’s running marathons or walking around your neighborhood.

At Enlightened Solutions, we know that addiction from recovery is really about living a healthier, more fulfilling life. That’s why our program is designed to improve all aspects of life, including being more active. To learn more about our holistic approach to addiction treatment, call us today at (833) 801-5483.


Many of us close ourselves off to potential healing opportunities because we are unable to share our pain with other people

Sharing as Healing

Many of us close ourselves off to potential healing opportunities because we are unable to share our pain with other people. All too often we feel alone, we isolate ourselves, and we don’t get the help and support we need. Bearing our souls to another can be daunting, even terrifying, but the more we share, the more we can help each other heal.

Talking things through with other people can be a powerful way to process and navigate our emotions. Therapy can help you address many deeply rooted issues- fears, childhood trauma, limiting beliefs, etc., but you can also benefit from sharing with anyone with whom you feel safe enough to express your truth. Many of us don’t have close friends or family, but if we are open to receiving help, we can find it in meetings, support groups, and online forums, in the co-worker who might offer a listening ear, or the stranger that sits down next to you in the park, who can tell you’re sad and asks if you’re ok. There is infinite support, guidance and wisdom for us to tap into when we’re open to it.

All too often we suppress our thoughts and feelings out of fear. We fear being judged by others. We fear judging ourselves. It can be so hard to handle our darkest truths, and we often find it easier to run from them than to face them head on. We might fear being rejected by other people. Deep down we may actually be rejecting parts of ourselves. We might fear owning up to our mistakes. We might be drowning in guilt, shame and feelings of unworthiness.

It takes courage to be honest with ourselves about our emotions and then share them with other people, especially when we have been hurt, felt judged or had our trust betrayed. Sometimes when we do share of ourselves, we are met with criticism, judgment and disapproval. We might have been rejected by someone close to us and felt abandoned and isolated as a result. We may have been silenced or shunned, making it that much harder to even want to express ourselves. When we remember that we are stronger than our fears, anything is possible, especially recovery.

It is powerfully liberating to know that as we confront and share our pain, we are empowering ourselves and becoming stronger. Sharing our vulnerability is a step toward trusting ourselves, trusting in our own inner strength, and approaching our healing journeys with courage and faith.

We listen, and we understand. Many of us have personal experience with recovery. Enlightened Solutions offers therapy, mentoring, and friendship. Call (833) 801-LIVE today.


How You Can Celebrate The Earth This Earth Day On April 22

How You Can Celebrate The Earth This Earth Day On April 22

If you’re feeling anxious about the marijuana-laden “420” celebration coming up on April 20th, you can skip that holiday and head straight toward Earth Day, happening on April 22nd. Earth day is a planet wide celebration honoring our beloved blue ball which we call home. Recovery can give you a lot of perspective, including a whole new view on the way you relate to the planet. In recovery, you learn to look at your body like your home. By holistically connecting with your body, you learn how drug and alcohol abuse damages that home. Self-care is how you learn to respect, honor, and nourish your body instead of harming it. The same lessons apply to planet earth as you realize that every part of your life is in a way your home. Each part of your life, like the planet you live on, deserves the same conscious, humble respect as your physical form. Earth day is the perfect opportunity to put some of your recovery tools into practice for making changes, getting grounded, and celebrating life.

Get more eco-friendly

Thankfully, it is easier today than ever to live a more eco-friendly life on a budget. Shop for “green” and eco-friendly products made with recycled materials, sustainable practices, and non-toxic chemicals. Ditch your harmful toxins and chemicals safely. Opt for more sustaianable and reusable products instead of plastics and harmful chemicals. Introduce more solar to your house where possible and put mindfulness notes over the light switches to remind yourself to turn lights off. You can do simple things like switch all of your bills to email in order to reduce paper, and much more.

Ditch plastic for a day, or a year

Plastic is one of the biggest threats to our planet. Finding reusable products not made of plastic is the perfect antidote. Look for glass products that help you reuse, like glass straws and glass storage containers for the kitchen. Use reusable grocery bags instead of paper or plastic ones.

For all of the plastic and paper you do end up using at home, set up a recycling system. Recycling can be more than paper and plastic. Set up a can for aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic. Make it part of your regular routine to take recycling to a donation center.

Plant a garden and get dirty

Even if you don’t have a backyard or a balcony, you can still get your hands in the dirt, or bring some earthly greenery into your home. Succulents are the easiest plants to tend for and don’t require much attention. Keeping a small herb garden is easy and makes your cooking more delicious than ever. Plenty of devices exist for growing small vegetables and fruits in your house as well. You can even buy a countertop composter for collecting food waste and turning it into rich soil for your plants.

Spend time outside

The best way to celebrate Earth day is by connecting to the earth. Get outside, kick off your shoes, and sink your toes into something natural. Take a walk, take a hike, lay in the grass, or swim in some natural water. Bring your mindfulness tools with you and notice all of your senses as you connect to the Earth. You’ll notice that your sympathetic nervous system slows down, you feel more relaxed, and you feel more at ease. Being a human on earth is a gift. Being a sober human on earth is even better.

The best move to make for recovery from drug abuse is the quickest move by calling and asking for help immediately. Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.


Should We Be Told To Love Our Bodies?

Should We Be Told To Love Our Bodies?

We receive thousands of messages a day which instill ideologies about our body image. These messages tell us how we should feel about ourselves, which is usually some form of negative perspective. We could always be better. We can always do more. We should be better and we should be doing more in order to be better. Consequently, we never feel like we are enough because we don’t feel like we are doing enough to feel good enough about ourselves. The result has been generations riddled with eating disorders, poor self-esteem, body image issues, and complex mental health problems.

The body positive movement which has steadily been rising on social media platforms is a long awaited and necessary revolution in body image. Rather than promote negative messages, the body positive movement promotes positive messages of acceptance and self-love. However, the movement does make an assumption: that we should love our bodies and that loving our bodies is better. On the one hand, the assumption is logical. Positivity and self-love must be better than negativity and self-criticism. There is a place for both. Truly holistic living understands that there is a balance between both, embracing both the yin and the yang. Should we be told to love our bodies. Arguably, what we should be hearing is to meet ourselves exactly where we are without any kind of aversion. Perhaps we don’t have to be negative or be positive but recognize the fact that we are being- and that our being happens within our physical form.

Body neutrality is a budding buzz term for the body image movement. As cited by New Zealand’s Stuff, cllinical psychologist Bryan Karazsia explains that “Body neutrality goes a step further [than body acceptance] to as an important question: Why all the fuss about the body?” Instead of focus on being body positive as an antidote to body negativity, body neutrality means practicing equanimity. Equanimity is a largely Buddhist concept which broadly means creating a foundation from which you cannot be shaken by either good or bad. Being present in your body can mean mindfully acknowledging moments which feel either negative or positive, but do not let either define how you feel or see your body. It is easier said than done, however, it isn’t said enough by advocates for transformational body image.

The best move to make for recovery from drug abuse is the quickest move by calling and asking for help immediately. Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.


Clean Eating Is Healthy Unless It Becomes A Problem

Clean Eating Is Healthy Unless It Becomes A Problem

Clean eating is all the rage in the health and wellness world. Organic lovers and those lucky enough to be educated on the necessity of eating whole foods as opposed to genetically modified or processed foods, have been eating clean for decades. For millions of others, however, the boxes, bags, cans, and containers lining grocery store shelves have sufficed. Today, thanks to the internet and some successful documentaries like the groundbreak Food, Inc, there is a wealth of information available on how to eat clean. Clean eating means maintaining a diet that is as free as possible from allergens, harmful chemicals, genetically modified ingredients, preservatives, and other ‘junk’. Mostly focused on whole food ingredients, clean eating reduces sugar and additives by focusing on nutrients, vitamins, and minerals instead. Eating clean can be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, clean eating can become incredibly complicated, full of rules and strict regimens. “Orthorexia” is a term which has been created to describe when someone becomes unhealthily obsessed with clean eating. Clean eating is healthy and better for you unless it becomes a problem and starts taking a toll on your health.

Addiction swapping is a risk for anyone who enters recovery for a drug and alcohol addiction. The brain deeply craves the pain and pleasure caused by addiction. Needing to fixate and obsess, almost anything can step in as a new addiction. Recovery comes with a focus on health and wellness, particularly in the areas of diet and nutrition. Learning how to nurture the body through food is both a life skill as well as a form of self care. However, the pleasure of eating clean, losing weight, getting into shape, and feeling good can trigger old obsessive patterns in the brain.

Signs to look out for

If you’re concerned you or a loved one might be getting carried away in the clean eating lifestyle, here are a few warning signs to look out for.

  • They verbally emphasize what food is “good” and what food is “bad”
  • They won’t admit to “restricting” their diet because they are “eliminating” or “staying away” from certain foods
  • They display peculiar behaviors toward food or food situations which they believe threatens how clean their body has become
  • They do not feel good about themselves unless they are adhering to their diet
  • They eliminate entire food groups from their diet
  • They use unsubstantiated arguments like allergies or intolerances to avoid certain foods
  • They experience anxiety or discomfort at the idea of dining out or eating in areas where they can’t be in control of their food

The best move to make for recovery from drug abuse is the quickest move by calling and asking for help immediately. Recovery is possible and healing will take place in mind, body, and spirit. Enlightened Recovery Solutions offers a holistic based, 12-step inspired, clinically proven program for alcoholism and co-occurring disorders. Call (844) 234-LIVE today for information on our partial care programs.


Avoidance

Avoidance

While in the disease of addiction, it is an extremely easy to slip into isolation and avoidance. Life becomes bleak and pessimistic. There may be no hope. Although everyone has their own story, the commonality is that there is a bottom. High bottoms and low bottoms, each person has their own threshold of what they can take. Unfortunately, it’s not up to anyone who had already lost the choice to drink or use. This is because all of these ways have ceased to work and it is becoming more clear that things have gotten out of control. When the mind continues to tell someone with addiction that everything is fine, what is really important will begin to take a back seat. Avoiding the signs that there may be a problem, will almost always result in self-sabotage.

Some people will begin to avoid painful feelings that stem from the past. It’s true that you don’t have to feel feelings if you don’t want to, and a good way to do that is to numb with alcohol and/or drugs. Individuals with addictions experience an inevitable progression into a downward spiral. Over time a high tolerance builds up for the substance and chaos. Soon the person who’s sick will be spending more time focusing on the behavior and less on reality. Once things really take a turn for the worse, it’s easy to slip into isolation mode. This is simply avoiding people, places, and things that could possibly interfere with whatever troubling behavior.

At some point, the person who is sick has the ability to find themselves with other like-minded people. The people surrounding the abusive behavior are in actuality only attracted to the unhealthy habit because they are doing the same thing. If someone isn’t ready to get help, using pressure it not going to help. It’s up to every person to decide when they are finished with avoiding life. The disease of addiction is really a way to escape from reality. When people learn how to handle life’s stressors in a healthy way there can be hope. Accepting help and beginning to use coping mechanisms learned in treatment, there can be progress.

If you are trying to learn healthy ways to cope without alcohol and/or drugs, do not give up! Our partial program at Enlightened Solutions is clinical, holistic, and 12 step based. Begin to heal your body, mind, and soul. For more information call: 844-234-LOVE.


How to Create a Healing Garden

How to Create a Healing Garden

When people are sick there are ways to encourage happiness and hope. Having a garden is proven to help people in times of distress. The natural beauty of the garden can bring a little light to the darkest day. The bright colors of a garden can stimulate the brain. Keeping it green and lush is a great way to start off. Then there should be walkways into the garden and places to sit taking it all in.

Keeping the garden authentic and real is calming. While in a sickened state, it is not recommended to contemplate pieces of art that could affect feelings any more than what might be going on, already has. Try to keep things flowing with the harmonious way that nature presents itself.

Growing different trees can attract birds. Allowing for the sounds and the simple beauty of these creatures can also be soothing. Hearing the chirping of birds can give patients the sense of being in a happy place. This can be beneficial for those who find mindful meditation helpful. In fact, those who don’t might want to try it.

It’s important to avoid any flowers that let off a strong scent. Also, try to avoid those that might consist of common allergies. The garden should be a healing place, not risk anyone’s health. With this in mind, always tend to the garden so that it doesn’t overgrown with algae or mold. Safe plants only.

Walkways and benches must be free from danger. This is important to keep in mind when it comes to people in wheelchairs or who might be unstable. This might want to be taken into consideration when designing the walking space. Rocks, dirt, or concrete.

Everyone is different and when it comes to water fountains it’s whatever you might prefer. Some find fountains relaxing, some might find them triggering. Beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. As humans though, nature is apart of who we are. The earth and every living thing on it have a real connection as a whole. Being able to appreciate what a higher power had created can give anyone the feeling of gratitude for their own lives as well.

If you are looking to find the beauty within, look no further. Here at Enlightened Solutions, we have designed our program towards healing those with alcoholism, addiction, and/or mental health. Take back your life today and call 833-801-5483.


Being Restless, Irritable and Discontent

Being Restless, Irritable and Discontent

Being restless, irritable and discontent is a recipe for disaster for a person with addiction or alcoholism. The term “dry drunk” refers to a person who isn’t working a spiritual program but also not abusing any substances. For example, Alcoholics Anonymous is a program that its members work on a daily basis to find peace and serenity without numbing their feelings. Taking away the substance is only the first step to living a happy, fulfilling life. To quit drinking and using will able the person with an addiction to find out who the person really is within.

In order to become less restless, irritable and discontent, there are few suggestions to take on the path to recovery. When a person comes into the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous and willingly decides to keep coming back, it’s likely that there had been others who had given them a new found hope. Beginning the steps is part of the program that must be followed or else there will not be any real promises. By doing the 12 steps people can begin to see with clarity.

Dropping expectations and resentments will benefit those lacking a healthy perspective of past life events with people, places, and things. When people who are living with the disease of addiction let others get into an untamed mind, it will almost always find reasons to self-destruct. When people decide they don’t want to deal with the madness going on inside the mind, alcohol and drugs begin to seem like a good idea. Having the courage to deal with the pain inside, is the transformation into a healthy mindset.

Putting the mind’s energy towards something positive will always give someone in recovery a better shot at staying sober. It’s crucial to begin shifting the mind to see the beauty in life instead of the ugly. Having optimism and brighter energy will attract the same. Some people call it the ripple effect. When you put out good energy into the world, it will come back to you. Over time when people in recovery begin to use these suggestions in everyday life, it will become easier to deal with everyday stressors without picking up a drink or drug. By following the 12 steps of AA as a guide, there will be progress, but not perfection.

Enlightened Solutions clinical, holistic, and 12 step partial program is designed to help you transform your life into the life of your dreams. Let go of the past and begin to heal with us in New Jersey. Call today: 844-234-LOVE.


Mindful Breathing

Mindful Breathing

Some of the most simple things people forget to do make the biggest impacts of how we live our day to day lives. From day one all life on earth begins this one survival method; breath in and breath out. There are many things in life you can live without for quite a while, but the breath does not fall in line. As stress builds it is easy to hold the breath or begin to take quick, shallow breaths. This is when the mind will begin to make questionable decisions because of the lack of oxygen going to the brain. Often times, while engaging in harmful substances it becomes difficult to take deep breaths which can also show how the bodies chakras have been clogged with unhealthy energy.

Mindful meditation is an easy way for anyone to recenter at any moment that feels unmanageable. All people have trauma, which can get triggered by at any point in the day. When this happens the body tenses up and can feel as if it’s become heavier. This would be considered post-traumatic stress disorder. There are simple ways to get past this point without becoming so lost that a wrong turn can be made to instead, to numb these painful memories.

What is recommended is to lay or sit down where it is possible to feel grounded to the earth. Begin to think about a happy, calm place such as the beach. Imagine the waves crashing over the sand and the way the water calmly settles thereafter. Begin to gather the sounds of the wind, the touch of the sand and proceed to focus on the breath. While breathing consciously try to slowly inhale for a few seconds, and exhale for a few seconds. Now begin to let it all out in the exhale with any sounds of relief. Continue doing this and add in a mantra or affirmation. Say this over and over again until you can regather. At this point, the body should feel more at peace and calm. The body and breath are all human beings really have for survival at its core. At some point, it might be smart to listen to what’s going on from the part of the body that’s been there the whole time.

If you are struggling with addiction and mental health, please don’t hesitate to get help today. Enlightened Solutions will take you down a spiritual path to recovery and you never have to look back. Call today for more information: 833-801-5483.