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Developing Healthy Routines in Sobriety

In active addiction, we never gave much consideration to developing healthy habits and routines. Drugs and alcohol were the only consistent part of our lives. In sobriety, we finally have the ability to develop a lifestyle around healthy habits and routines that are conducive to maintaining our sobriety.

Routines are good for mental health, and can be a great way to keep ourselves on the right track in recovery. Routines allow us to make better use of our time. We can reduce our stress levels because we don’t have to worry about when we will get things done. Developing healthy patterns around eating, sleeping, and exercise can help improve our mental and physical health. Northwestern Medicine explains, “Better health is a result of just a little extra planning. Set the alarm a little earlier and you’ll have time to exercise and eat breakfast, fueling your body for the day. Even a quick (and healthy) breakfast will get you energized. Whether you like to just go for a run or go to the gym for a bigger workout, it’s important make time for exercise.” With a little extra planning, we can develop routines that ease our stress and anxiety, making for an easier journey of recovery.

Incorporating recovery-based activities into our daily planning can be an effective way to maintain sobriety. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains, “It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God’s will into all of our activities. ‘How can I best serve Thee – Thy will (not mine) be done.’ These are thoughts which must go with us constantly. We can exercise our will power along this line all we wish. It is the proper use of the will.” Every day we can pray, meditate, and develop healthy patterns around ensuring our sobriety and fit spiritual condition.

Your life can become one of health and happiness in sobriety. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, brings together addiction and behavioral health specialists, spiritual guides, and holistic experts to address the problem of addiction from every mental, physical, and spiritual angle. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431