A Daily Routine Can Help You Thrive

Every morning at 6 o’clock sharp, a little voice starts cooing and babbling and lets me know he’s ready for the day. My little guy is on a fairly rigid daily routine where he gets up, eats, plays, has learning time, nap time, and bed time at the same time every day. And you know what? His consistency took time to build up to but now that he has settled into a daily routine, he’s about the most pleasant toddler you’ve ever met! It’s no secret that many experts suggest daily routines for kids because it helps them thrive. Ever wonder why?

A daily routine helps you out in many ways, it helps you know what to expect through-out the day, it helps you plan ahead, it helps you sleep better and gives you a host of other benefits. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you are in recovery. Whether you’re recovering from mental illness or substance abuse, a daily routine can be the key to your success. 

Chances are, if you’ve given up substance abuse or are working to overcome another mental health disorder, you have some free time on your hands that you aren’t too sure what to do with. Having time with nothing planned or having a chaotic schedule that changes from day to day leads to stress. We all know what stress leads to…coping mechanisms. Sometimes when we are working to overcome bad habits and bad coping mechanisms, the best thing we can do is avoid stress altogether, or as much as we can. Enter, the daily routine. 

Okay so, you can’t plan every little thing that might happen during your day, but you can try. When you first begin to implement your routine, be flexible, see what pattern you fall into naturally and give yourself time for the transition to set in. Soon enough, you won’t be wondering what comes next on any given day or what you can do to make it through the day. You’ll have your trusty routine to fall back on. 

So, resist the urge to sleep in all morning on your off days and let things fly by the seat of your pants. Get up around the same time each day, have regular meal times, down times, set times for personal fulfillment such as hobbies, exercise, or therapeutic activities, and watch as your automated schedule helps you adjust to life in recovery. 

Dautovich, N. “Day in, Day out – The Importance of Routine in our Daily Lives”. Sleep. (Website). NA. 

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