« Meditate - but where? | Main | Do you Know Your Flavonoids from Your Adenoids? »
Saturday
Sep012007

Ayurveda on Addiction: Cultivate New Good Habits First

iStock_000002843763XSmall.jpgGoal setting is all well and good if you have a resolve of steel and self-discipline to match. But many of us don't. The trouble with trying to give up this or achieve that, is that we set the bar too high and then when we can't reach an unfair expectation, we feel disappointed, lacking in resolve, useless etc

 

Ayurveda presents a far healthier and happier way to make positive life changes, and that is to cultivate new supportive habits before you go trying to stop dead with things you’ve been doing for years. I'll use the habit of smoking as an example, but this principle of cultivating positive habits that add up and out number the "bad" ones could be applied to anything...

Steps to Stop Smoking without Giving Up Smoking

If you're worried about your smoking habit and it's potential ramifications on your health, instead of focusing on "giving up" how about focusing on adding actions to your day that support your health and make you feel better? How about adding a 10 minute walk to your day every day? Or taking up the habit of drinking fresh fruit smoothies? What about trying a meditation technique to reduce stress and help you feel calm and positive about your life?

By adding small self-supportive acts that help you feel better about your life, you can gradually shift your focus from uncomfortable feelings that you should stop smoking, to positive feelings that you are taking steps to care for yourself and your health better.

How is this going to help you stop? Most, if not all, addictions are anxiety driven. Smoking gives temporary relief from anxiety, you feel better for a while, then the anxiety returns and so you feel the urge to smoke again. Stopping cold only increases that anxiety which makes it all the harder to stop, and can ultimately be the cause of starting again.

It's no use waving health warnings under a smoker's nose, They already know. And that too adds to their anxiety. By introducing tiny, easy to incorporate, actions that are good for your health and help you feel better, you are doing something to reduce anxiety naturally, which is a good start in reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked, simply by reducing the cause of the urge to smoke in the first place with a higher value activity.


New Positive Associations for an Old Habit

Many smokers enjoy inhaling smoke deeply for the first one or two puffs of a cigarette. Learning a deep breathing meditation technique is a great way to get your body used to some healthy deep breaths in addition to those associated with smoking.

Many smokers like "having something to do with their hands" - learning a self-help acupressure routine to reduce stress and anxiety, or even a specific routine that naturally reduces addictive cravings, is  a useful way to have something else to do with your hands.

Did you know that your body has a series of acupuncture points that you can tap with your fingertips to deal with feelings of anxiety and stress? You can use them to reduce cravings too.


Baby Steps to a Smoke Free Day

Don't underestimate the power of little self-supportive steps. Over time these little changes and adjustments could turn out to be exactly what you needed to let an unwanted habit fall away as, over time, it is outweighed by better and gradually more appealing choices.


Adding Positive Actions to Your Day

This article wasn’t supposed to be specifically about smoking, that’s just my working example. The point I wanted to make is about habits in general and how it’s much kinder to yourself to develop good healthy supportive habits and focus on those and enjoying the benefits of those rather than stopping cold and denying yourself your current ways of evading stress and anxiety.

What’s next?


Other articles you might find of interest:

If you found this article interesting please bookmark it so that others can enjoy it too:

If you liked this post, please give it a StumbleUpon thumb up in StumbleUpon. Thanks!

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

LifeCraft%20eBook%20Cover%20web%20image.jpg

 Keep in Touch: If you enjoyed this article, you're sure to enjoy my free newsletter - subscribe now and in your welcome email you'll receive a special link to where you can claim your FREE copy of my LifeCraft eBook  - my gift to all newsletter subscribers.
 
Subscribe and get your free copy now...

 

breathing-square.jpg

New Beginnings in Breathing

Guided Meditation MP3 Download

Discover the anxiety beating powers of deep breathing. With this guided breathing meditation, Ananga talks you through how to deepen and lengthen your breath so that you can instantly feel more calm. With regular use of this meditation exercise you can enjoy reduced stress and anxiety and a deepening sense of peace with every listening.

 

Download now and discover how to blow stress away anywhere and anytime you choose...

 

breathing-cd.jpg

 
High Quality Guided Meditation Instant MP3 Download
Our Price: $1.95

buy-now.jpg

 

 

Secure Payment and Instant Access
Once you've purchased an MP3 you will immediately be sent an email containing an encrypted link that will allow you to download the file instantly.

This guided meditation is featured on the Beautiful Calm Meditation CD - find out about the full collection here

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (1)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: Buy chantix
    Very interesting, Great blog...Thanks!

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>