Tai chi, originally used in China as a martial art, has become an increasingly popular mind-body practice in the addiction community. When combined with traditional addiction treatment, tai chi can provide powerful support for those in recovery.
This is partly because the so-called “moving meditation” can be practiced by anyone, anywhere and at any time – making it a valuable tool that those in recovery can use to stay sober for the rest of their lives. The low-impact, slow-motion exercise puts minimal stress on muscles and joints and can be easily adapted for all ages and fitness levels. It can be practiced alone or in a group setting.
Studies have shown tai chi’s mental health benefits to be numerous, ranging from stress and anxiety reduction to improved mood to better quality sleep and more. Let’s take a look at some of the ways tai chi can help you or someone you love:
- More focus and concentration: Tai chi trains you to be present in the here and now — both during your practice and when you go about the rest of your day. This can help you better focus on your recovery as well as improve your ability to transform a negative outlook or thought into a positive optimistic one.
- Better mental health. Relaxation is one of the main principles emphasized in tai chi. Anxiety and stress create tension in our muscles, which tai chi is known to release. In fact, the meditative aspects of tai chi have been touted to relieve stress, lessen anxiety, decrease depression, and improve self-confidence.
- Improved well-being. Research has linked tai chi to improved digestion, enhanced immune system, and better sleep. Regular tai chi practitioners report an overall feeling of improved wellness.
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