Surfing the urge is a technique that allows you to acknowledge the urge and manage it safely without trying to change or ignore it. Consider some tips to make sure your surfing experience goes as smoothly as possible.
Prepare Yourself Mentally for the Challenge
Surfing an urge can be challenging. You can prepare yourself mentally for what’s to come and set yourself up for success. For example, take deep breaths and try to clear your mind. Focus on your senses, like what you see around you, what you hear, and what you smell.
Remember to Breathe
When you start to surf an urge, concentrate on your breath. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly. Observe your thoughts without judgment. How does the urge feel? What is the experience within your body? Once you notice a new thought pop into your head, gently bring your attention back to your breathing. Deep breathing can also relax you and calm your nervous system.