Practising thought control is an important part of curbing your addiction. It is scientifically recognised that your thoughts can affect you both emotionally and physically. Being mindful of your thoughts will allow you to differentiate between ideas you should act on and those you should avoid.
Here’s everything you need to know about thought control and how it can help you in your addiction treatment.
What Is Thought Control?
The idea behind thought control originates in ancient times when many wrote about the idea of mastering your thoughts and emotions so that they will affect you in a positive way. It has been said that thoughts have a frequency, like a radio station, and it’s up to you to tune into the right station at the right time.
Often, if you are feeling low, your thoughts will be negative and this may lead you to make the wrong decisions. However, if you are able to exercise thought control, you are more likely to be able to turn your thoughts around and do something positive which will not only help you, but it will help those around you.
How Can You Use Thought Control in Recovery?
When negative thoughts make their way to the forefront of your brain, you might be likely to turn to an old habit which makes them ‘go away’ and that habit may be substance abuse. This is where thought control can play a huge role in curbing your drug and alcohol habit and leading you to stay in recovery for good.
How Can I Exercise Thought Control?
Thought control can be regularly exercised in a number of ways. Try putting up some of these ideas on your fridge or wall as a reminder to you when stressful situations cause negative thoughts.
Think About Your Thoughts
It sounds strange, but when a negative thought hits, you might go instantly into making an impulsive decision. Instead, tune into your thoughts like a radio. Don’t feel bad for having bad thoughts; instead, feel confident about the fact that you have the ability to dismiss, reshape or use the thoughts you are having in a more positive way.
Meditate, Don’t Retaliate
Meditation helps build mindfulness and mindfulness will assist you with thought control. Let’s say someone says something to you that is infuriating, and your brain immediately brings you negative thoughts that could lead to you retaliating. You now have the power to alter these thoughts through meditation and self-awareness or by having a negative reaction. Meditation is definitely the better option.
Where Can You Learn More About Thought Control?
At Zen Detox, we can help you build thought control skills that will form healthy habits for life and assist you in your drug and alcohol treatment through our detox program.
To find out more about the Zen Detox rehabilitation centre in Auckland, call us now on 0800 936 4357. If you or someone you know needs help with their thought control, don’t hesitate to contact us today and get started on the road to recovery.