25 Jul Daily Recovery Tasks
There’s so much going on during addiction recovery. Often times we feel there is so much to accomplish. The whole thing can be very overwhelming. We must not forget how important it is to take our recovery one day at a time (or even one minute at a time) to help reduce stress and find long term success. As we break our basic daily routine down into a series of tasks that support recovery we will engage in a plan for staying clean, find we are more focused on our goals, and enjoy a more simplified life. A few key recovery tasks that we should remember to include when working out a daily routine are:
Prayer and Meditation
In order to maintain the strength, it is important to remember where our strength comes from. Prayer and meditation allow us to continually develop our relationship with a higher power. Setting aside a specific time of day to pray helps prevent us from skipping this important communication. Following prayer with quiet meditation will leave us open to receive answers and establish peace.
Diet and Exercise
Eating healthy requires planning. We should spend a little time each day preparing healthy meals, making grocery lists, etc. We also need to take the time to get a workout in each day. Even 30 minutes of high energy physical activity will help to keep our bodies strong, and keep cravings at bay.
We should continue to read articles about addiction recovery, motivate ourselves with self-help books, and develop new skills by researching a subject that interests us. Reading every day and acquiring new knowledge helps our brains to heal, and improves our attitudes.
Allowing a busy life to separate us from the support of our 12-step group and others is one of the worst mistakes we can make as a recovering addict. We must include attending therapy and other recovery meetings on our schedules, and put showing up for them as a top priority.
Helping others is an important part of the recovery process, and it takes a little forethought and planning to fit it into our lives. We should be on the lookout for opportunities to serve, and when they arise, we should take the time to engage in helping out those who need it.
Documenting Your Experiences
Keeping a journal is helpful during recovery because it allows us to get our thoughts and feelings down on paper, instead of having them run around in our heads unresolved. This can help us to notice patterns of weakness that need addressing, as well as the small successes that make recovery so rewarding. We should take the time to document our experiences every day, while our thoughts are still fresh in our minds.