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How Can a Daily Routine Impact My Recovery?

As soon as your eyes open in the morning, you are faced with making decisions. How many times can you hit snooze without being late? Coffee before or after a shower? Perhaps, coffee in the shower. So many decisions to make and you are not out of bed yet. With so many demands within your life, creating a daily routine can be difficult.

Everyone has stress, it comes in all sizes, shapes, and forms. Establishing a daily routine can reduce your stress throughout the day. This article will explore the benefits of a daily routine within your recovery. It will share helpful ways to stay on track through attending individual therapy, participating in an alumni program, and employing healthy coping skills.

What Is the Point of a Daily Routine?

Routines and schedules can be healthy ways to create fulfillment in your life. It may sound strange, but a daily routine can improve your health in many ways. This is because individualized routines cultivate structure within your life. That structure is calming and comforting.

Just think about waking up each morning with no direction as to what the day holds. At first, this thought may seem exciting. However, with each day that passes, you are left with no guidance on obtaining goals in your recovery.

Daily routines create structure and promote better mental, physical, and emotional health. The lack of routine often leads to unmanageability and chaos in your life. Existing in a life with little structure can lead you to self-medicate to address a sense of restlessness and uncertainty.

How Can an Alumni Program Support Me?

Recovery is a lifelong journey filled with ups and downs. One of the keys to recovery is building a positive support system that can guide you to be your best self. Exploring the right fit in a recovery community can help ease the burdens that life places on you. An alumni program is designed to provide ongoing support with all facets of your recovery journey.

Benefits of a Daily Routine

Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” A habit is something done with little or no thought behind it. A routine is a series of behaviors (or habits) that have been repeated. They require focused practice to carry them through. If that conscious repetition doesn’t happen, eventually they will fizzle out.

Developing a daily routine can help create a sense of manageability in life. Consequently, routines can help you cope with experiences, including change, stress, mental health, and recovery in a positive way.

A daily routine can even be fun. As you notice the benefits to your health and wellness, you may wonder why you did not start one earlier. Daily routines can help your recovery by:

  • Decreasing stress: Everyone goes through stressful points in their lives. A daily routine can reduce stress and give you more time to do the activities you enjoy.
  • Promoting restful sleep: Sticking to a sleep schedule is essential for being the best version of yourself. Going to bed and waking up at the same time will decrease stress throughout the day and help you maintain focus.
  • Increasing productivity: Make a habit of prioritizing your daily tasks. For example, make a list of the most important things to complete, daily. This will help with maintaining motivation and productivity throughout your day.

How Do I Establish a Daily Routine?

Anything new is going to be uncomfortable. Daily routines are no exception. First, you must explore what you are trying to accomplish throughout your day. One of the easiest ways to cultivate a new routine is to add something to your existing routine. For example, you want to start journaling every day for 20 minutes. Start by doing that after something you already do, like brushing your teeth or showering. This way, you will be one step ahead in modifying your established routine.

Pick a Few Top Priorities

Be careful not to change too many things at the same time. Pick one or two things that you would like to add to your daily routine. Make a list of important things you want to change and go from there. Decide what is most important right now and make a plan to follow through with that priority.

View Your Daily Routine Differently

Change your thoughts surrounding your routine. If you want to be a different person and have a daily routine, you must see yourself engaging in that lifestyle. How would you be different? What would you be like with a daily routine? To be it, you have to believe it.

Plan Your Daily Routine and Set Reminders

It is also important to plan your day. To be consistent with maintaining a daily routine, it is beneficial to have reminders where you can see them. For example, your new daily routine may be displayed on a calendar for all to see within your household. This may help you stay on track and decrease stress.

Daily Routines and Healthy Coping Skills

You have probably learned about healthy coping skills at some point during your recovery. Healthy coping skills help with creating more of a sense of freedom in your life. These skills allow you to navigate life with more confidence. Just as everyone’s recovery journey is different, no two healthy coping skills will work the same for everyone.

Being consistent in your recovery with identifying your healthy coping skills will provide many benefits. For example, if you decide that going to the gym is important, this can become a new coping skill that helps you.

Research published in Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment revealed that structuring your time is important for maintaining sobriety. You have to decide what will work best for you and what routines and coping skills you need. Consistency is key to maintaining a routine that benefits you most during your recovery.

It can be hard to establish a routine within recovery. After all, your routine looked different a year ago than it does now. You may be struggling with inconsistency within your life and feel stuck. There is no shame in needing help to find your path to success. Understanding what you need within your routine is half the battle. At The Guest House, we understand that routines can be difficult to manage within your active life. This is why we place value on meeting you where you are in your recovery. We offer an alumni program that will connect you with supportive people and guide you to be your best self. Give us a call at (855) 483-7800 today.