Can a regimen make or break your recovery?
It doesn’t really matter what your recovering from, whether it be drugs and alcohol or sex and over eating. Even the common cold can be troublesome without some organizational structure or a regimented process. The question remains how and why should you implement a regiment into your daily process.
My experience with a regiment was after 10 years flipping in and out of recovery. I found myself on my last leg to stand on and clueless as to what to do. I evaluated what made me feel good physically, mental and emotionally. I concluded that there were several things that I could do throughout the day that would keep me busy and lay my mind at ease.
I will list what I built into my regiment below:
- Long boarding
However, the biggest issue I had was implementing a schedule or process to implement these healthy activities in my life. I would do them sporadically and mix them up, but what I really needed was a healthy regiment to fill my time up during the day.
So, I devised a strategy based on waking up at approximately 7:00 AM every morning. I would first start out with prayer followed by a meditation to reflect on my purpose for the
day and to carry it out to the best of my ability. After making my morning coffee I would prepare for a 1 mile run and some push-ups. I would get done with this by 8:15 – 8:30 AM and start to get ready for work. I started work at 10:00 AM and would stay till about 4:00 PM. Once I arrived back home at 5:00 PM I would prepare for my evening. I started prepping for my evening and/or watching TV or some YouTube tutorials. Once it was about time for bed I started to implement prayer and meditation prior to going to sleep.
How did implementing a regiment into my lifestyle work?
On some nights, I would long board or do activities that would make me feel accomplished and get the blood flowing. Keep in mind that I am just coming back into recovery and had relapsed several times, so I was skeptical that I could recover from drug addiction and alcoholism. I wasn’t too confident in myself, but developing a process or regiment helped me stay the course.
The natural endorphin’s produced by the daily exercise had helped me remove the toxins from the body. It also helped me to think clearer. The prayer in the morning helped me to have faith. The meditation helped me heal and provided hope for my future endeavors.
What was I able to take from developing a regiment in my life?
Developing a regiment in my life helped me to recover from a hopeless state of mind and body, alcoholism and drug addiction. While I was always concerned with meeting my goals, I was less concerned with the obsession to use drugs or alcohol.
Please don’t overlook this because my experience was recovery from drugs or alcohol because the reality is too much of anything is no good. You could be someone that always wakes up late for work or someone who shops too much. The idle and unfocused mind will take you on a time-wasting roller coaster ride if you let it. A daily routine makes life a whole lot easier and more efficient.