Yoga Journal

Stick to your intentions

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME you really thought about what you were doing when you reached for coffee in the morning, the candy jar at work, or your phone to check your email or social media? Odds are it’s been awhile. We all run through thousands of habitual behaviors like these every day. Although you may get a fleeting boost from that hit of caffeine or sugar, by watching the latest, funniest viral video, or by having another drink, chances are you’re distracting yourself from stress and pain you don’t want to deal with. Removing yourself from the present moment can jeopardize your long-term health and well-being in the process.

Facing your demons is essential for breaking bad habits, but many self-help methods and treatment systems focus on addressing symptoms rather than helping you discover you’re reaching for distractions. The key, instead, may be to reach inward, and that’s where yoga and meditation can help. Practitioners know that mind-body practices like these can foster the self-awareness, self-control, and self-realization necessary to go through a deeper detoxification—and research out of Duke Integrative Medicine helps to confirm it. One review on the efficacy of mindfulness as a complementary therapy for addiction found that mindfulness-based

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