If you are just starting out on your recovery journey, you may be having trouble navigating through the tricky world of mindfulness. For some, mindfulness seems like a lofty idea that they cannot understand. Mindfulness can be beneficial to people of all ages; but, you must understand what mindfulness is for it to be beneficial to you. Mallika Chopra, author of Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, And More wrote a children’s book that outlines just the things many struggle with while in recovery. Clear and concise, Chopra’s writing can be helpful not only for children, but for anyone just starting out on their recovery journey who is struggling to get started. Pinnacle Recovery will go through each section of Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, And More in order to point out helpful things that you can learn from a children’s book. We will split this post up into two parts. Here is part one:
Starting off, Chopra explains very simply what stress is. This is important for people of all ages because many individuals have trouble noticing when they are stress. Stress is oftentimes something that is so commonplace in our lives that we overlook and tend to ignore it. Being alert to our stress can be helpful to us in many ways. Just like stress can become a habit we don’t consciously realize, we must begin to create healthy habits that we are aware of. Trying out something new — like being attuned to the stresses in your life — may be difficult at first. But over time, it will become easier and easier.
Taking deep breaths and really focusing on our breathing is not something that most people do on a daily basis. Just like anything is habit-forming, being intentional with your breath can become a healthy habit if you practice it every day. Chopra recommends noticing where the stress is in your body and visualizing yourself blowing away the stress with your breathe. She also recommends deep breathing if you find yourself in some discomfort or pain.
Exercise can be difficult when someone is busy at work, school, or caring for a family. People often have trouble making time for it. Making movement a routine is also something positive that Chopra recommends doing. It can be as simple as a walk around your neighborhood. But, instead of listening to music or talking to a friend on your walk, be silent and focus on your surroundings. You can meditate while you exercise by breathing deeply and using your senses on your walk. Really take in the sounds of the birds, the smells of the flowers, and the sights of the nature around you. Yoga is also a creative technique that you can implement in your life.
Pinnacle Recovery wants to help you learn more about meditation, mindfulness, and movement. If you have any questions, call our trained and experienced staff at 1-866-301-0573. We can’t wait to hear from you!