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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Finding Your Mantra

Mantras are great tools for people in recovery. For one, they can help to keep you calm – just repeat to yourself “breathe” the next time you feel anxious. They can also help you fend off cravings – “I will not give into cravings” – and help you stop yourself from using again. 

Indeed, repeating a few simply keywords or phrases has been shown to alter your thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors – pretty powerful stuff! 

You don’t have to be a wordsmith, either. There are no rules when it comes to what to say; experiment with some phrases to see what keeps you calm and focused on your recovery. If you need ideas, we have a few mantras below for you to try. 

“I am in control of my destiny. That’s right, your addiction is no longer in control. With sobriety comes the ability to steer your thoughts, actions, and destiny – and this simple phrase can keep you going in the right direction.

“I deserve a better life.”  Many people struggle with low self-esteem or feelings of self-depreciation during recovery. Uttering this phrase (or some variation of it) can remind you that you are worthy of a healthy, rich, and sober life, no matter your past wrongs. 

“I am not alone in my recovery. Feelings of isolation can be a slippery slope into relapse, so the next time you feel lonely chant these words to remind yourself that you can turn to friends, family members, or addiction professionals to help support your recovery.

Staying Centered at The Haven
Taking a few moments to meditate before stressful situations can lead to more mindful decisions and greater strength to remain sober. At The Haven at Pismo, we offer a variety of holistic treatment approaches, including yoga and meditation, to our clients. To learn more, call 805-202-3440.