Recovery can sometimes be a challenge, as everything in your old life has to change to support a firm sobriety journey. Importantly, you have to find ways to cope with stressors and manage cravings, triggers, and temptations that grow with each passing day.
For you to effectively manage recovery, especially during the early stages, you must develop routines. One of the many benefits that the Live Free Recovery Services treatment programs offer is the reintroduction of a daily routine. While enrolled in our programs, our staff will support you to establish a helpful routine that enables you to regain a sense of accountability and predictability regarding how you spend your time and days.
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5 Benefits of Routine in Recovery
The following are some of the benefits of routine in recovery:
Helps reintroduce you to healthy habits
A routine can help reintroduce you to healthy habits and balance. Having a daily or weekly routine is a good way to achieve a sense of guidance and structure on your daily undertakings. Studies reveal that having some semblance of structure in your life can make your days more manageable, thus empowering you to cope with stressors and triggers. Some of the things that you can include in your routine to achieve structure and semblance include a time when you wake up and go to bed, eat meals, engage in hobbies, exercise, socialize with others, and more.
Preventing feelings of restlessness and boredom
If you have been through a rehab program, you were probably warned of the dangers of boredom and idleness. Boredom and idleness pose as one of the biggest triggers to relapse. Progressing through established daily activities gives structure to the days and helps eliminate too much idle time.
Better management of stress
Keeping a regular routine helps reduces the feelings of being overwhelmed by daily tasks and responsibilities. When you adopt a daily schedule, you are empowered to tackle one task at a time, thereby improving your stress management skills. A lack of healthy stress management techniques can put you back into your old habits, ultimately leading to a relapse.
Getting enough sleep can make a world of difference in your recovery efforts. Setting a regular sleep schedule trains your body’s circadian rhythm that regulates the sleep cycle. Studies reveal sleep disturbances in persons in drug addiction recovery can place them at a higher risk of relapse. Having a consistent sleep schedule ensures you are getting adequate sleep to sustain your recovery and improve your overall health.
In a nutshell, a sustainable daily routine can help you fight the feelings of anxiety, depression, sensitivities, and other negative emotions that can hamper your recovery efforts.
Let Live Free Help with Your Recovery
At Live Free Recovery Services, our goal is to help persons and families in New Hampshire struggling with the effects of drug and alcohol abuse regain their lives. We leverage multiple pathways to recovery, including the 12-steps and medicated assisted treatment philosophy and several treatment programs like partial hospitalization, outpatient treatment, and sober living highly customized to fit your needs. Contact us today, and let’s help you take the first step towards a fulfilling journey of sobriety.