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With practice, the urge surfing gets easier. You may notice you do a really good job at surfing. Practice this technique by using it whenever you notice yourself having an urge or practice it regularly by setting time in your days to practice the technique. This practice can help you get better at it when you end up needing to use it.

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Urge Surfing

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Riding the Waves, Mindfully surfing through any urge

Changing habits can be challenging. Anyone who has attempted to change their eating habits, or quit smoking or drinking, or stop illicit drug use can probably tell us how challenging it can be to put a stop to these old habits. I myself find myself struggling at times with urges and was reading this helpful article provided by my professional coach. I figured that others here might also have similar struggles and I can share the skill with you all. The technique that I am going to share is called Urge Surfing, and you use it before you slip into having a relapse.


(if you notice that more than 1 area of your body is connected to an urge, start with the place that you most intensely notice the urge). Take note of the sensations you are having in this body part. What do the sensations feel like? Does it feel like pressure, tingling, warmth, or coolness? How much space do these sensations take up in this place in your body?


 Thanks to late psychologist Alan Marlatt, Ph.D., we have Urge Surfing. We can consider the urge to be an impulse to engage in an old habit. This old habit can be drinking or using, and often the urges are experienced as physical sensations in the body. These urges are like waves that rise in intensity, peak, and eventually crash. Urge surfing involves riding these waves.


Stop for a moment and think about an urge that you recently experienced.
As you think about this urge, see if you can notice all the sensations that come up as you think about it;
see if you notice how these sensations shift across time.
Use your breath to help you ride out the waves (i.e., the urge);
like a surfboard, you can simply observe your breath as you ride out each wave that arises.
Congratulations! You just successfully surfed your first urge!


You do not need to change your breathing at all. Notice your breath for the next 1-2 minutes. Some people find it helpful to bring their attention to a particular place in their body where they notice their breath (e.g., the abdomen); some find it helpful to say phrases like “breathe in,” “breathe out” as they inhale and exhale


Whats most important is that you notice where in your body you most notice urges when they show up.If you are having trouble noticing urges,think back to a time when you experienced an urge to engage in an old habit.If you are concerned that thinking about a particular instance when you had an urge will lead to doing the habit,pick a situation where the urge was less strong or you successfully prevented yourself from acting on the urge.Picture the situation as clearly as you can in your imagination.Once the situation is clear in your mind, notice where in your body you are experiencing urge.


There are different ways to surf your urges but most of them include the following steps. I will be sharing the information directly from the article


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