Scheduling your new Normal

Having to sit with your feelings for long periods could create imbalances; emotionally and physically. These bottled up emotions interrupt your recovery process and could potentially lead to relapse. With regulations in place to limit trips outdoors for essential trips (e.g., the office or the grocery store), the world has had the responsibility of having to learn how to stay motivated to perform daily activities from their homes. If you have reached a point where you are struggling to maintain a consistent way of achieving your daily goals, then it might be time to consider creating a new foundation that helps to manage your time effectively. Remember, recovery is about readjusting and restructuring.

Create a Schedule

If you feel like you have fallen into a slump, and started to create more bad habits than good, consider creating a daily schedule. Much like recovery, you need to take it slow. Structure your day by setting achievable goals; things like waking up at 8am, making the bed, showering, brewing coffee. These small tasks will begin to generate momentum, which will then begin to create new habits and practices to build upon. The idea is to develop a structure that brings consistency to your day while also helping you manage negative emotions and behaviors that are triggers for relapse. Having a consistent regime will also help bring a feeling of normalcy back into your life.

Work at Your Pace

If you discover that what you have set for your daily agenda is too overwhelming, it is okay; just reevaluate your goals and expectations to work within your capabilities. Keep in mind that every minute of each day does not need to be accounted for. Just as you would in your workday—taking breaks is a necessary part of the process. 25 minutes here and there to allow yourself to check your phone or email can go a long way in preventing your mind and body from suffering burnout.

Challenge Your Mind

The learning element to your day might be lacking during this time. This is because home is often associated with relaxation after a day at the office. However, you need to implement learning exercises to help nourish your mind. Not only does learning help you achieve goals, but it helps to expand upon your capabilities. There are a number of activities to challenge your mind.

Artistic Outlets

If you have an artistic side or interest, you might consider pursuing a hobby such as playing music, painting, or writing. Maybe you are tech-savvy and like to explore your artistic abilities by way of computer software. Now is a good time to learn how to use production/editing programs to produce that animation or song you always wanted to.

Puzzles and Projects

For DIY hands-on projects, you might take up working on 3D puzzles, building with Legos, or making mini-models—these small dioramas can provide hours of enjoyment while simultaneously exercising your brain muscles. Or maybe you want to take up the hobby of learning how to craft furniture or tapestry. Even a home remodel can be beneficial—it is said that painting and rearranging rooms can create workspaces suited to better motivate you.

Track Progress

Tracking progress is a powerful tool for motivation because at the end of each day, you are looking at your success, which will reinforce your drive to stick with it and hold yourself accountable. This not only supports motivation, but self-confidence. It helps to make your goals more realized and concrete.

Daily Log

Keep a daily log. Tracking progress is sometimes neglected throughout the process when beginning a new regimen; however, it is possible that this is the most important practice to achieving success. You might hit all your marks on the daily agenda, or you might not—and the mistake you will make is measuring your success or failures over whether or not you did everything you set out to do. The problem with this is that you are not educating yourself why you did or did not complete something. Tracking progress helps you get to know yourself better. Once you determine where your strengths and weaknesses are, you then have a better basis for re-tooling your schedule to meet the needs of overcoming any obstacles.

Stay Connected

This in many ways goes hand in hand with tracking your progress with a daily log. Consider making room in your schedule to speak with friends and family on a consistent basis. This not only helps solidify your goals by sharing your progress, but it will further enforce accountability because there is now a sense that others now are holding you accountable. The idea of a friend or family member asking about your progress could be enough to keep you on track.

Anticipate Setbacks

While there are plenty of activities to keep you motivated around the house or apartment, it cannot be stressed enough to remember to work within reason. Understand that it is possible to encounter trials of emotional distress and setbacks, but also be aware that this is a normal part of the process. These emotions will pass. Be honest with yourself in regards to your goals and expectations from the start, so you can curb these setbacks and keep yourself focused and on track. The goal is to create a long-term plan that you can build upon.

True Recovery understands the challenges you are facing at this time. Our mission is to find effective ways in which to help you through this by offering the kind of treatment that supports the long-term care that you need. Remember, you are not alone—this is a challenge that the world is facing together. Everybody has been affected; financially, mentally, socially, and physically; and we are all trying to learn ways in which to cope by rearranging daily routines and using alternative methods. Try to keep focused and resilient, and you will be stronger in mind and spirit. To learn how to get started, please call us today at (866) 399-6528.