I wanted to talk about something that is very important for recovery, that most people don't think about ... your focus! Just about all recovery incorporates some sort of mental retraining. Well how exactly are you supposed to make yourself think differently, if you can't 'focus' on something new for the time required (roughly 17 seconds for the feeling to take place) to make the changes?
Try it now. Try holding one thought in your mind for as long as you can. If you are like everyone else you are not going to get very far. Your attention normally breaks about every 6-8 sec on it's own and unless you are really focusing on something it's going to continue to jump around like a monkey on crack!
So, to improve your attention ... start counting your breaths. Count on the inhale or the exhale and try to just keep your attention on your breath; feel the rise and fall of your chest, how good it feels to actually take a lung full of air (most of us breath very shallow on a regular basis). See if you can count 20, 30, 50 without your mind wandering off like a child at the store.
You will find that the more you do it, the easier it gets ... as attention is a SKILL! Try doing it at work, while watching a commercial, while riding in the car; anytime you can. You will quickly learn how to think about, what YOU want to think about. And that will give you the ability to actually start making some real changes in your life!
Who am I?
I have been called "Sirthinkalot" and "The mender of souls." I am an addiction specialist and a full-time psychology student on the way to Dr. Davis in clinical psychology. I am currently crusading for the expedited paradigm shift in addiction recovery!