While these times call to action a schedule that supports your recovery on a consistent basis, that does not mean it needs to turn into a thoughtless routine that will only deteriorate over time. Certainly, you need to always practice the cornerstones—maintaining a good work ethic, exercise, and self-care—but that does not mean that once you find a routine that works, it is set in stone.In addition, while the routine will be unique for today’s circumstances, this does not mean you should treat it as a schedule that begins and ends within the duration of the health crisis. In fact, the current situation could be seen as an opportunity to implement the kind of activities that will reach beyond present measures. In order to do that, you want to engage in activities that offer variety and spontaneity to your daily regimen.
While you have likely already set daily goals for yourself, you might be finding that the day-in and day-out goals are beginning to grind on you. However, have you considered making one of those goals a sort of wild card to keep things fresh and adventurous? A daily challenge can spice up your day by adding a little spontaneity, and can be a great way to mark an accomplishment for the day, thus helping to build self-confidence.
Draw Ideas From a Jar or Hat
To begin, try writing down a range of challenges or ideas (50-100) on small pieces of paper. These challenges should include performing acts you never thought you would, or that you always said you would but never got around to. For example, some challenges might be to do 50 push ups, learn a new dance move, or make homemade ice cream. You are even allowed to be silly; one of the challenges could be having to wear tights or a feather boa—the idea is take yourself out of your comfort zone so you can discover something new about yourself.
Whatever the challenge, once you have them, fold them up and place them in a jar or hat. Draw one out daily and hold yourself to it. You also want to be mindful of current safety guidelines and include challenges that are compatible with your available resources; however, this should not limit the number of options you have.
The surprise element to drawing these from a jar or hat is to not only help motivate you and keep you on your toes but also support accountability. These added elements can help you break out of old routines and old habits. The spontaneity of it all should help you stretch beyond your limits, promoting change within—which further supports the confidence and personal growth you need to make improvements in your life and in your recovery. Recovery in and of itself is to help you recognize all of the untapped potentials you have inside yourself while adding to your skillset.
These challenges are small actions that not only lend variety and fun to your schedule, but can encourage and support lasting changes in other aspects of your life. Accomplishing these challenges helps to improve your outlook on life. This can ultimately boost your positivity, as well as improve your energy and motivation. These benefits often transfer to other areas in your life, allowing you to face other challenges with the same kind of motivation and positivity. These areas include managing stress, maintaining a good diet, and exercising.
Social Challenges Are Encouraged
These challenges do not need to be limited to yourself. Getting a friend in on the challenges could add another layer of fun. Together, you will be able to embark on a journey outside of your comfort zone. You can lend each other encouragement, motivation, and even celebrate together when you reach the goal. You might arrange a time and decide what kinds of challenges you could do together. Maybe it is that HIIT cardio routine you have been putting off, or painting along with a YouTube tutorial? Nothing strengthens the bond between friends like going through a challenge together.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself
This practice is to induce motivation and energy within yourself. While it should be challenging, it should never be overwhelming. Choose tasks and activities that you know you have the resources for and that don’t ask too much. You want to be excited for each day’s challenge, not dreading it. For example, you would not ask yourself to run ten miles if you have never gone running before—as with anything, keep it reasonable—maybe ask yourself to try running one mile instead? It is the same across the board; the idea is to build momentum that supports a recovery that is manageable, effective, and fun for you.
Finding ways in which to challenge yourself and find personal growth might be difficult for you at this time. However, just because times are difficult, does not mean that opportunities for personal growth aren’t out there. If you are feeling in a bit of a slump and unmotivated, it might be time to reach out for help. True Recovery offers 24/7 support to help you find the type of care you need. To learn more, please call us today at (866)-399-6528.