7 Daily Routines to Stay Healthy & Happy in Sobriety

Early addiction recovery can be a foreign and overwhelming process as you ease back into everyday life following rehab. Too much free time can cause boredom and thoughts of relapsing, and on the flip side, being too busy can cause increased stress and anxiety which can trigger old habits. Creating a balanced daily schedule of mental, spiritual and physical activities is important to kick old habits to the curb and stay on the path to sobriety. They will improve physical and mental well-being and your overall quality of life.


These daily routine tips will improve your quality of life and help keep you healthy and happy.

Every Morning, Make Your Bed

This one may seem strange, but the simple task of making your bed has many proven benefits. The number one reason is that it gives you total satisfaction and a feel-good boost all day long. Sticking with it each and every day gives you a sense of accomplishment, which will spill over into all other aspects of your life such as going the extra mile in the gym, writing a longer term paper, or putting your laundry away. Plus, it feels amazing to climb into a freshly made bed each night rather than a wrinkled, messy one!

Take 1 Photograph a Day

Each morning you open your eyes to see another day, remind yourself how far you’ve come in life. Find something in each day to be grateful for whether it’s your dog, your best friend, the sunset, or even the rainbow sprinkles on your ice cream cone. Take one picture each day of something you’re grateful for that day and upload it to a special album.

The simple things in life often mean the most, so even on your worst days, you’ll have photos to remind you to stay humble and grateful everything you have.

Clock in 30 Minutes of Exercise

Physical activity has amazing powers in the mind, body, and soul. Just 30 minutes a day of walking, running, swimming, dancing, lifting, etc., decreases anxiety, insomnia, and depression. It can be a phenomenal tool in aiding in addiction recovery if used regularly. Running and other forms of high-intensity exercise have been shown to provide “highs” caused by endorphins and can leave you with higher confidence and happiness levels post exercise. Getting into a solid exercise routine not only has many benefits but it allows you to set new goals for yourself each and every week to get stronger, faster, etc. Get out there and get your blood pumping!

Do Something You Love

For at least 20-30 minutes a day, do something that relaxes you and soothes your soul. Activities like reading, watching TV, taking a bubble bath, drinking hot tea, doing a puzzle, or painting on canvas. The possibilities are endless. Find a new hobby, learn a new language, or take a cooking class. Be sure to take time out of your day for some “me” time. Self-love goes a long way.

Eat Right & Hydrate

Similar to how important exercise is for your body, don’t forget to nourish your body! Food and water are fuel for your body. The foods you eat have a direct effect on how you feel and look. Staying hydrated and eating smart reduces stress and cravings, leaving you healthy and ready to take on your day.

Check in With Someone Everyday

Stay close to the people in your life who you love the most. Call your mom, friends, or sponsors. Have dinner weekly with fellow rehab friends. Connect with people who understand what you’re going through and genuinely support you. This will help decrease any feelings of loneliness and help crush any feelings of stress or anxiety. It’s great having a support system in place anytime you need them, don’t take that for granted. Plus, remember to be there for them as well. Helping and cheering up a friend or family member that’s having a bad day can feel great.

Keep a Journal & Meditate

Journaling is a proven method of boosting your recovery. Write down every thought you want to express, appointments, lists, and schedules for your week. Seeing it all written down paints a clearer picture and inspires you to take action to accomplish your goals. Each night make it a habit to jot down everything on your mind before you slip off into dreamland.

Meditation is another proven long-term tool for those in recovery. Close your eyes and calm your mind. By remembering to take one day at a time you’ll live in the moment which can translate to less anxiety and less worrying. Just 10-15 minutes a day can boost energy, create a sense of calm, and boost happiness.

Recovery, especially in the beginning, can be very hard. Remember to incorporate daily routines into your life and take each day as it comes. Discover which tactics work best for you and keep believing in yourself. You can and will achieve long lasting sobriety.

Contact Recovery Rehabs today for more information or more helpful sobriety tips.