Life after addiction can be a tough road to follow. You're learning to live life without drugs or alcohol. You're beginning a life full of changes. While it seems difficult and stressful there are many things you can do to stay on a positive note throughout your long journey.
Restructuring your life is one of those things. There are many steps involved in rebuilding your life. To learn more about these steps, be sure to check out the rest of the blog posts in this series, below:
- Restructuring Your Life While in Addiction Recovery
- Restructuring Your Life While in Addiction Recovery Part 2
- Restructuring Your Life While in Addiction Recovery Part 4
Today, we are going to continue to talk about restructuring your life during addiction recovery. The next step involves prioritizing your daily life. Making a schedule and sticking with it is a great way to steer clear of negative thoughts, people and situations that might trigger a relapse.
Your schedule should start as soon as you wake up and end when you go to bed at night. Among these priorities should be getting a good night's sleep, eating a well balanced diet and stress relief.
A nice example of your new life includes the following:
- Waking up and getting dressed
- Going for a long walk or run OR taking a trip to the gym
- Eating breakfast
- Going to work or searching for a job
- Going to school or getting paperwork ready for school applications
- Eating a well balanced lunch
- Spending time with supportive family and friends
- Eating a well balanced dinner
- Talking another long walk or reading a book to help decompress from the day's activities
- Plan out the next day' activities
- Getting to bed at a decent hour so that you'll get at least 8 hours of sleep
Some days might strictly follow a schedule. Other days might have a combination of things, but you should always have some sort of plan for each and every day.
Learning to be flexible with this schedule is key, as well. Keep in mind that things change and you'll need to be ready for that. There are things that should be done daily, and are often important priorities. Eating dinner with family, exercising, and doing something relaxing at the end of each day are recommended.
Physical activity should be a priority in your new life. We've mentioned exercise before, but can't reiterate enough just how important it actually is. Physical activity can help clear our minds when we are stressed, anxious or sad. It's a great way to blow off steam when we are angry and it's also great for our overall wellbeing.
During this time of scheduling and changing, find a workout/physical activity routine that works best for you. Whether it's first thing each morning or after work, take time to exercise each day for at least 30 minutes. You'll be surprised at how well you adjust to this, mentally and physically. After a few weeks of sticking to this plan, you'll really miss it when you fail to workout.
Working towards your goals, researching options and scheduling priorities each day is key to restructuring your life while in addiction recovery. We hope these tips help you rebuild your new, drug-free life!
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