Each day in recovery is a new day to learn, grow and take steps toward the best sober life you can achieve. With this in mind, it makes sense to begin each day in recovery the right way. Well, of course, the “right way,” is subjective but many experts say that doing something good for you first thing in the morning can help set the tone for a positive, healthful day ahead.
Granted, we’re not all morning people but this doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your mornings in recovery. The a.m. is the perfect time for “you” time – or time to just focus on what you need to be your best self in recovery – before the hustle and bustle of the day takes hold. Even if you set that alarm an extra 15 minutes earlier, you can reap the benefits by praying, meditating, taking a walk, writing in a journal, eating a well-rounded breakfast or whatever activity makes you feel physically and mentally stronger to tackle the day ahead.
A lot of “powerful folks” – lady Michelle Obama, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Apple CEO Tim Cook, to name a few – swear by the benefits of an early a.m. routine. What’s more, researchers have discovered a host of health advantages of being a morning person. Here are a few examples that can also benefit your recovery and new sober life.
- You’ll be in a better mood. A survey of over 700 adults by researchers at the University of Toronto revealed that morning people (those who rise and shine at 7 a.m. or earlier) reported up to a 25 percent increase in feelings of happiness, cheerfulness and alertness.
- You’ll stick with your exercise routine. Waking up and working out will help ensure that exercise becomes a healthy habit. Studies have found that morning exercisers are less likely to skip a workout due to an unexpected work event or social gathering, for example. And, if it’s possible to exercise outdoors, you’ll also experience increased energy and decreased risk of depression due to the exposure of morning light.
- You’ll do better at work/school. Early risers really do get “the worm.” Researchers have found that workers/students who start the day earlier are more conscientious and achieve better grades.
Rise and Shine at Segue
At Segue, our clients begin the day with a morning prayer and meditation at 6:45 a.m. We work together to ensure you have the recovery tools and support needed to start each day with renewed energy and devotion to your recovery. To learn more about our sober living, call us today: 866-905-4550.