Mindfulness could be the key to end cravings

Posted on May 30, 2018

Cravings often precede behaviors such as substance abuse and eating, leading to a vicious cycle of craving and satisfying it. Thus, many treatment plans aim to curb cravings in order to break the cycle.

According to researchers from City, University of London, mindfulness techniques occupy short term memory to distract the person from his or her cravings at that point in time. Mindfulness meditation draws attention to physical sensations, and allows the individual to see themselves as distinct from their mental processes and feelings.

The short term processing of working memory is also found by numerous studies to be important in determining the effects of mindfulness on cravings.

Another possible reason for why mindfulness works to curb cravings is because it helps us view our cravings from a third person's point of view. The separation of our thoughts and physical being brings about a sense of control. More information can be found on: http://brainoverbinge.com/animal-brains-role-in-normal-eating/

Category(s):Addictions, Control Issues, Eating Disorders, Mindfulness, Mindfulness Meditation

Source material from Brain Blogger