Graduating from a dedicated treatment and recovery program and pursuing a life of sobriety outside is complicated. Alumni will still have to make many changes as they transition to a new and transformed life of sobriety. Bringing effective practices instilled throughout each person’s time in a personalized treatment program at Hawaii Island Recovery’s luxury mental health facilities back home and using them in daily life can be an important skill throughout daily sober life. Meditation is one of these skills that can be a powerful recovery technique. Finding new ways to incorporate meditation at home can ensure that those maintaining their hard-earned sober efforts are able to effectively process stresses, urges, cravings, and other challenges throughout their continued recovery journey.
The Benefits of Meditation at Home
Meditation is a powerful recovery technique for overcoming substance use disorder (SUD) and the associated mental health needs and challenges that often accompany the journey of overcoming addiction. While meditation is just one strategy that alumni can use introduced during their time at Hawaii Island Recovery, it can have a myriad of benefits throughout any stage of recovery, including establishing a healthy and sober daily life as an alumnus.
Some of the advantages of effectively engaging in meditation at home include:
- Decreased stress levels
- Increased ability to process stressful events
- Improved resilience
- Increased energy levels
- A better-structured daily routine
- Decreased feelings of depression or anxiety
- Improved feeling of control over difficult emotions
- Promoting healthy mindfulness practices
Engaging in meditation at home can continue to foster the best approach to a healthy and sustainable sober life. Still, finding a way to effectively utilize the practice can be difficult, especially when navigating such a time of change transitioning out of a curated sober facility. However, there are always strategies that alumni can use to explore the benefits of meditation at home.
Engaging in Meditation at Home
Finding ways to bring meditation home and engage with it effectively can empower each alumnus to continue to benefit from its transformational potential. However, the change in environment, coupled with the stresses of the transition from a dedicated treatment facility or residential care to outpatient treatment can be difficult. Personalizing the practice and making an effort to utilize the practice regularly is just the beginning of making use of meditation at home, even for those who may be resistant or uncertain of the practice.
Dedicate a Quiet Space
Meditation is a personal exploration of each person’s needs, and having a space that is devoid of unnecessary stimuli or stresses is paramount to effectively engaging in the practice. Keeping a dedicated space quiet or otherwise curated with only intended audio stimuli such as noisemakers or natural noises can all be incredibly beneficial, empowering those engaging in meditation at home to focus inward on their own needs rather than being distracted by outside stresses.
Having a dedicated space to engage in meditation at home can also empower those in recovery to curate it to their unique needs. For some, this means having a room adorned with peaceful and natural imagery and other recovery techniques and strategies, while others may only need a portion or corner of a room to set up and engage in meditation. Personalizing this space with meditation in mind can empower those in recovery to best resonate with the practice and address personal needs, further filling the space with reminders of sober efforts, mantras, uplifting images or quotes, or other recovery-dedicated imagery.
Set Aside Intentional Time
Just like having a dedicated space, having specific and sufficient time to engage in meditation is also crucial. This can enable those in recovery to not only ensure they are engaging with meditation regularly and continuing to refine their skills but also don’t feel rushed during meditation. Meditation is most effective when it is consistent, and setting aside time and treating this outlet equally as important as other needs or responsibilities throughout the day can help those in recovery to make the most of their continued engagement with meditation.
Consider Using Guided Meditation
Guided meditation practices can be important for ensuring that those in recovery are able to focus their energies and mentality on the right practices. While guided meditation can be done with professionals helping to focus a person’s mind and energy, it is also possible to engage in guided meditations at home. Using dedicated meditation apps on the phone or computer or using pre-recorded audio can all provide the guidance necessary to effectively engage in meditation and continue benefitting from its transformative potential.
This can also help prevent alumni’s minds from wandering or otherwise turning to more stressful, external stresses, like work, interpersonal relationships, financial stresses, and more. Meditation is a time to focus on a person’s own needs, breathing patterns, physical reactions, and other effective mindfulness practices, and those just beginning to explore meditation at home can benefit from these guiding practices.
Bringing effective meditation practices home can be a powerful approach to recovery and sustained sobriety in daily life as an alumnus. Between Hawaii Island Recovery’s luxury mental health facilities and effective treatment for overcoming addiction and our continued support even beyond our walls, we are committed to helping you find your best, most personalized approach to sustainable sobriety for a healthy and transformed life. We are always available to help you explore the benefits of meditation in daily life or to discuss other personalized options for your continued care, all while staying just one phone call away. For more information on how we can continue to support your newfound sober life, call to speak to us at (866) 390-5070.