“Mindfulness has enhanced my recovery and allowed me to stay connected with the here and now. I have found this practice transformative in so many ways. It has enabled me to stop my impulsive and destructive behaviours and slow myself down so I can make rational decisions and find peace within. I continue to practise it daily as part of my morning routine and it helps set me up for the day ahead, starting off on a positive and calm footing” ~Liam
Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn offer all clients the opportunity to benefit from our Mindful Fitness programme. Mindfulness is a type of meditation therapy that has been proven to be extremely effective in treating addiction and its common co occurring illnesses. It is very easy to learn and its simplicity means that anyone, regardless of age, sex, mental or physical capacity, can practise it and implement its basic principles into their daily lives. Over the years, much research has been conducted on mindfulness and its benefits. It has been proven to assist in the repair of the cognitive thought process and damage caused by addiction and assists in cultivating a strong and healthy mind and body.
Addiction and co occurring illnesses manifest in the individual’s thinking and thought processes. Typically, the sufferer will become accustomed to negative and unhelpful thoughts and accept this as their normality. Inevitably, they become severely anxious and depressed; some even become suicidal. These painful thought processes is what drives the individual to seek instant relief, whether that be through a drink, drug or destructive compulsive activity. Undoing these negative thought processes and changing the individual’s mindset and perspective, takes time, therapy and hard work. Mindfulness is a helpful therapy, in that it slows the individual’s mind and body down and enables them to focus on the here and now and be present and attached to reality. When practised enough and over a period of time, the brain will slowly but surely adapt and develop new and helpful cognitive pathways that enhance the individual’s life and help them to heal from within.
Detoxing from alcohol, drugs or abstaining from compulsive behaviours is only the very tip of the iceberg in terms of successfully treating addiction and illnesses such as Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, Trauma and Eating Disorders. For a full and permanent recovery to be attained, the individual MUST change the way they think.
Mindful Fitness is extremely flexible and can be adapted to benefit anyone. We show the individual how to practise mindfulness anywhere and at any time they feel the need to divert or calm their thinking. It can be combined with physical activity such as walking, yoga and swimming, or practised alone or in a group, sitting in a comfortable position.
Mindful Fitness is all about getting the mind into a fit and recovered state. When combined with physical activity it serves a dual purpose and provides increased benefits. For example, those with an eating disorder can practise mindfulness whilst eating so that their focus is shifted to a healthy perspective.
When combined with physical exercise, mindfulness assists the individual in focusing on the sensations they are experiencing in their body in order to bring the mind into the here and now. This stops unhelpful and negative thought processes, slows the breathing and relaxes the muscles. Mindfulness is particularly helpful to those that suffer from racing and negative thought patterns. Meditation can prove difficult for such an individual, but mindfulness and its simplicity provides a way of self calming without the need for substances.
When an individual is addicted to a substance or an activity, it becomes the focus of their every waking moment. They obsessively and compulsively think about how they are going to get their next fix. Addiction is an illness of the mind; the addict’s day revolves around planning, plotting, getting and taking their substance of choice or engaging in a particular addictive activity. The thoughts are so overwhelming and compelling that they lose all sense of reality and perspective. Leading them to repeat the same behaviours again and again, despite ever worsening consequences to themselves and also to their family and loved ones. Take away the substance or compulsive activity and the mind needs to be refocused away from negative and obsessive thinking.
Oasis Recovery Communities Runcorn provide a number of proven treatment therapies that are designed to bring about a substantial shift in the individual’s thinking as this is where the crux of the problem lies. Mindful fitness, when practised regularly, positively impacts on the individual as a whole. When combined with exercise, the body releases natural feel good chemicals known as endorphins and seratonin. The two combined, proves to be very powerful in helping to positively re-train the addicts brain to discard unhelpful or negative thought processes and make helpful decisions that serve their recovery rather than their addiction.
We strongly believe that in order for a full and lasting recovery to be achieved, the individual will need to work on all parts of their self – the mind, the body and the spirit. Focusing the mind and body positively enriches the individual’s spirit, providing a better quality of life and drastically reducing the risk of relapse. It also allows the individual to connect with their conscience and discover their true authentic self.
Mindful fitness offers many benefits and is considered to be a very successful holistic treatment for illnesses of the mind and also the body. Here are just some of the benefits our clients will gain from learning and practising mindful fitness:
Mindful Fitness shifts the individuals focus from the external material world, to their inner selves. In doing this, regardless of external circumstances, the individual is able to find peace within; reducing anxieties and fears associated with external issues and problems. It also offers the added benefits of strengthening and toning the body and improving overall physical fitness when combined with exercise.
For more information on Mindful Fitness, please contact us directly and ask to speak to a member of our clinical team, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We positively promote Mindfulness and Mindful Fitness for its benefits in treating addiction and mood disorders and have implemented it into our rehabilitation programme so our patients can reap its benefits and continue to practise it on returning back home.