All our life we are told the early bird gets the worm. This isn’t something I understood until recently. Most of my life was spent thinking “let the bird get the worm, I want sleep!”. As my recovery progressed, though, I felt my life to be overbearingly busy from the moment I woke up until the time I laid myself to bed. Recovery has blessed me in so many ways and one of those ways is a full life but I couldn’t help coming to the realization that in the chaos of my life, I wasn’t taking any time for me. I had no quiet time. Recovery has taught me that life is about the journey and not the destination, but I couldn’t seem to find the time to stop and smell the roses! As I searched my go-go-go day for a time that I could fit in some quiet time to revel in life’s beauty, I was stumped. With increasing frustration towards my lack of free-time, I had an epiphany…What if I sacrificed an extra hour of sleep? After pondering whether I would survive with an hour less of sleep or not, I decided it was worth a try. Here is what I discovered:
Your Wake-Up Call is Set, Sir
At first, waking up at an hour that the sun hadn’t even come out yet, I struggled to find motivation to follow through with my early morning plan, but I found that if I made the conscious decision to jump out of bed once my alarm jolted me awake, it was easier for me to get started moving. It also helps to make your bed immediately to help finalize the decision to stay out of it. The next crucial step for me was to immediately have a large glass of water. Having water right after waking up helps get your internal organs into gear for the day and is known to have a number of health benefits. After hydrating your body, immediately, I would go outside and just start walking (make sure you’ve gotten dressed first, your neighbors won’t appreciate seeing you unclothed while enjoying their morning coffee). After a few days of waking up in the same way, our bodies adjust and this process gets easier and easier.
*Helpful Tip: If you have trouble popping out of bed in the AM, put your alarm clock on the other side of the room, away from your bed, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Time to Breathe
Once you’re outside and walking, now is the time for some deep breathing. Deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. This will help wake up your foggy mind by spreading oxygen to your brain (and other organs). Rarely in life do we have time to just do nothing but breathe…well, now is your chance.
*Side note: It is important you do not bring any distractions with you like cell-phones. If you need to bring your phone for relaxing, meditative music put your phone in “do not disturb” mode. This is a time to spend with yourself…not Facebook.
While you’re on your walk and utilizing a relaxing breathing technique, take a moment to enjoy your surroundings. Appreciate the sun rising, the clouds in the sky, the trees around you. The world has so many beautiful sights to offer us that we don’t take the time to cherish. Breathe and find the beauty.
Time to Be Grateful
Being that gratitude is near the top of the list of principles to master in recovery, this peaceful time alone is a great time to reflect on all that is positive in your life. Utilize this time to finally figure out what it means to stop and smell the roses. I like to start with myself and work my way out to the people in my life, the material things I have, my job, etc… until I’ve put my self into an attitude of gratitude. I have heard (and can now attest to this being true) that if you’re grateful you cannot be fearful, sad, or angry.
Time to Focus
A large part of what was missing in my life was a time to plan out my intentions for the day. This extra hour in the morning is a great time to figure out your goals for the day, create a plan of action, and mentally prepare yourself for the day’s tasks. By doing this in the morning, you are allowing yourself to be less rushed throughout your day ultimately resulting in less stress for YOU!
A Better You
Overall, I feel a major emotional change in my life by including this time into the early part of my day. By doing this morning ‘ritual’, I have gained more confidence, more energy, a greater sense of gratitude, and most of all I have taken one more step towards serenity in my recovery. I can only serve as an example in my actions and hope that by all of you trying this simple ‘ritual’ every morning, you too can find a new sense of fulfillment in your life and your recovery.
The important thing in all of this is that you seek help for your drug addiction. Do not let fear keep you from the life you have always wanted. You do not need to fight this disease alone and any and all concerns that you have can be addressed as you move through the process of recovery. So call the professionals at Evolutions Treatment Center today, at 1-866-771-7091. We are standing by to help you finally overcome your addiction.