Research has shown that meditation increases your ability to control cravings:
- It reduces activity in the posterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which allows the mind to engage in moment-by-moment sensory experience instead of mindless addictive behaviour;
- It increases activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain, which assists in self-regulation;
- It improves your ability to experience cravings without the need to react to them;
- It decreases stress which often is the cause of turning to these sorts of behaviours;
- It enables you to realise that you are not your thoughts, and they don’t have to control you;
- It increases your decision making ability.