While staying in an addiction rehab center, you learn about the sources of your addiction, how to cope in healthy ways, how to prevent a relapse, how to maintain a recovery lifestyle, and fun and sober ways to live your life. All the things you learn while going to rehab can help you to establish a recovery routine. Recovering addicts who develop a recovery routine are more likely to stay clean and sober and have less stress in their recovery lifestyle. If you want sobriety and less stress in your life, follow these tips for establishing a recovery routine.

Create a Schedule

The one thing to remember when establishing a recovery routine is to create a schedule to remember everything you need to do. These things might include:

  • Going to therapy

  • Caring for your children

  • Working

  • Taking personal time

  • Attending college classes

  • Going grocery shopping

  • Visiting with family and friends

  • Volunteering

The more detailed you can create your schedule, the better it will be for your recovery success. Write down your schedule, so you can keep yourself on track. At first, it may seem like a lot to schedule everything you have to do. However, for the first bit of your recovery, this can help you to keep balance in your life, which is essential to creating a successful recovery lifestyle.

Get Help from Others

When you start working on your recovery lifestyle after rehab, you don’t want to take on too much. Overloading your life with tasks makes you more likely to relapse. The best thing that you can do is get help from others for some of the tasks you need to accomplish. Some of the tasks others could help you with include:

  • Grocery shopping

  • Picking your kids up from school

  • Chores around the house

  • Taking your dogs on a walk

  • Doing your taxes

If you get help from others with some of the tasks you need to be done, there will be less pressure on you. You might be surprised at how willing they are to help you with these tasks. However, the people in your life want to see you stay clean and sober, and many of them will do whatever it takes to help. All you need to do is ask for it.

Implement Morning and Evening Routines

You have created a schedule and gotten help with some extra tasks. Now, you will have more time to implement morning and evening routines. These routines will help set your day in motion and allow you to end days on a great note.

The morning is a time to get your day on the right footing. Some of the ideas for creating the best morning routine include:

  • Saying a positive affirmation to yourself in the mirror

  • Listening to your favorite music

  • Doing your hair

  • Telling yourself how much you believe in yourself

  • Writing down 3 things you are grateful for

  • Meditating

  • Taking a shower

  • Taking 10 deep breaths

  • Exercising

Once you get your day started off right with a morning routine, you can proceed with peace, happiness, and motivation. This type of mindset can help you reduce the chances of relapsing and increase positivity throughout your day as well.

The evening routine you set will help you get better sleep and help you get set for the next day. Some of the ways to end your day off on the best note possible include:

  • Saying a positive affirmation to yourself in the mirror

  • Telling yourself you did your best that day

  • Telling yourself you are proud you stayed clean and sober

  • Calling a loved one or friend to tell them about your day

  • Meditating

  • Write down the 2 best parts of your day

  • Write down 1 thing you may need to work on more

  • Make a to-do list for the next day

  • Get your clothes or other things ready for the following day

  • Take 20 deep breaths

Once you implement your evening routine, you can relax knowing your day went as well as it possibly could have. Yes, there are going to be some bumps along the way. However, nobody has a perfect life. As long as you do your best and keep trying, you can have success not only with your recovery, but in all other areas of your life too.

Your recovery is important and therefore you need to do whatever it takes for you to succeed at it. By creating a recovery routine you will have more success and be able to face the challenges that life puts ahead of you. You have the chance to live the best life possible, so believe in yourself and be grateful for your recovery.


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