We’ve all buckled under the pressure of a craving that gets the best of us haven’t we? Sometimes it seems as though we can’t move forward without getting the taste of what we’re craving in our mouths. Then, life can proceed right? Been there, done that. Fortunately, Prevention magazines September 2010 issue has a few suggestions regarding how to stop cravings with our greatest assests as humans. Our minds. Mindfulness can bring us back into focus and help us to overcome many things, cravings being one. Here’s some of their suggestions.
Look at Your Surroundings
Pick a random number, then take a look at that many different items that you’re seeing in front of you, precisely when your craving hits. Take notice of the dullness or vibrancy of color the items have, and whether or not they’re moving or not. Pay attention to the details, and before long your craving will have subsided and you’ll feel less enticed to grab that piece of chocolate or cookie.
Pick something you’d like to describe the feeling of and elaborate on it’s feeling in your mind. It could be anything from a texture of one of your pieces of clothing like the feeling of your socks on your feet, or perhaps the way your shirt feels on your back. How about describing the feeling of whatever your fingertips are feeling at that moment.
This is something I regularly use to take my mind of of stress that for me can turn into anxiety, so I can attest to the effectiveness of this method. Clue into the sounds that surround you and soon you’ll have forgotten about that craving you had completely. I find that there are so many sounds to pay attention to, you really don’t have room in your mind to keep up with other types of thoughts. It’s amazing how much there is to listen to when you stop to do so.
How about focusing on the great smells in your present environment? Well, maybe some of them aren’t so great either. Whatever the case may be, take it all in and try to identify them. Pick 3 or 4 of them and take a minute to experience the fullness of what they smell like. Is it food, or someone’s perfume or maybe something not so pleasant? While your busy trying to figure that out, your craving has suddenly disappeared!
Doing this on a regular basis will bust the food cravings right where they began. In your mind. Then, once you’re free of that nagging craving, you’ll be ready to move on with the next thing you were going to do!