It’s easy to keep on keeping on and forget to stop and think about your achievements- well it’s certainly the case for me anyway.
I’ve always been this way inclined when I have achieved something – just to let it pass and not really recognise it. It’s not intentional its just an innate feeling to want to keep moving forward – almost a case of “well if I don’t then things won’t keep moving forward.”
What I’ve come to recognise on this journey is that taking time out and recognising our achievements is so important – whether going alcohol free or something we have achieved at work/home or whatever. It’s how our brain is wired – and the more we recognise the little achievements and take note and allow ourselves reward the more likely we are to go on and achieve more – it’s scientifically proven.
One of the ways of helping of sit in the moment is to practice mindfulness.
“Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation and other training.”
I am dreadful when it comes to my mind wandering and this has particularly been the case in these first few weeks of freedom. So I’ve committed myself to practicing mindfulness more on a weekly basis – indeed this morning I got up and rather than reaching for my mobile, device or going to check my emails I consciously took a moment out to take in the new day. I went downstairs, opened up my french doors and stood outside silent in the morning’s chill. I heard the dawn chorus of birds, the quiet breeze and felt the expectation of the day to come. I won’t lie – my mind was already quite noisy and I did feel rather groggy this morning but it was worth doing.
Being able to bring myself into the moment will be an important tool in my coping mechanisms now and in the future – whether for preventing myself from returning to old habits or whether helping myself in tricky situations at home and at work.
Specifically when referring to going free from alcohol Mindfulness Based Relapse prevention is often sited. The following page gives a really good one page summary of what this is:
I love this image which depicts mindfulness so well:
This is from http://frvf.co.uk/resources/mindfulness/
Maybe it’s something you should try or at least have a go at. I am going to persevere with it during the coming week.
There are other tools available at http://www.headspace.com and they also provide a fab app for Apple etc.
In the meantime I hope this has served you in some small way.