If happiness ran on a schedule, it likely wouldn’t make us feel as good as it does.
That doesn’t mean, however, that we can’t create routines that are stimulating, enjoyable, and gratifying in recovery. In fact, one of the most rewarding aspects of happiness is that it is so personal and random. Happiness truly is whatever we make of it.
Creating a routine for happiness is so important for those of us in recovery because the recovery process revolves around so much more than simply getting over a substance. Recovery is a mindset, and it’s one that’s largely stimulated by being confident, charismatic, and in control of ourselves. When we no longer have to rely on substances, we can be free– and when we can be free, we can enjoy life confidently and boldly.
How do I make a routine for happiness?
Our lives are our routine for happiness, and how we choose to live them from the moment we step out of the treatment center begins a habit that will define our post-treatment recovery journey.
One of the easiest ways to start living stimulating, enjoyable, and happy lives in recovery is to continue to surround ourselves with the right people. We preach the idea of unity and brotherhood here at Tree House because we know how well it works. When we’re surrounded by supportive, uplifting men and women in the recovery community, we can feel the love and positivity. Just like sharing a good laugh with a good friend, happiness is par for the course when we’re around the right people.
Practicing mindfulness is also a great way to forge that happiness routine. When we’re one with our thoughts and keenly aware of our own state of feelings and being at the present moment, a lot of the opportunities for unnecessary and unwarranted stress to creep into our lives fall to the wayside. There’s no need to focus on what we can’t control, and when we’re mindful of this, there’s little desire to. This clears up a lot of space for us to engage ourselves in thoughts and activities that makes us happy.
Finally, getting involved helps us stay happy. They say an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, and much of the same applies in recovery. When we stimulate ourselves with healthy, sober activities we enjoy, however, there’s little time for anything but a good time.
Tree House Recovery of Orange County, California is a premier men’s addiction treatment center that focuses on practical ways to help our clients not only beat addiction, but lead their best sober lives. Happiness is a gift we all should be able to enjoy. We help our clients see that. Call us at (855) 202-2138 to see how we can help you today.