The Importance of Mornings - from
the Health and Healing Series at SupportNet.ca -
Resources for Your Recovery.
Recovery is learning to enjoy life - without the
use of alcohol or drugs that alter mind or mood.
It is treatment for the condition of addiction -
an approach to the challenges of life - and a path
to personal growth.
Recovery requires us to learn - about the true nature
It may be personalized - but it has its necessary
Principles and its Ways.
The Principles of Recovery provide direction - to
the choices that we face each day.
The Ways of Recovery provide
us with tools - that help us to heal - and to enjoy
life on life’s
This Learning Seminar introduces The Importance
of Mornings -
What you need to know about mornings - and how to
get your day started right.
What You Need to Know
Our first twenty minutes awake is a time of transition
- from sleep to the alertness of the day.
Most of us notice that it takes time for our body
to adjust to movement - for our muscles to loosen.
It also takes time for our mind and brain to adjust
- and to steady us for the day.
Our mind looks to orient itself. It searches for
something to grab hold of - to think about.
It looks to the events of the day or night before
- or to the needs of the new day ahead.
And where our mind goes - our feelings quickly follow.
Feelings are raw first thing in the morning - particularly
for those with conditions of health.
Symptoms of depression may be worst at that time.
The mind is pulled to gloomy thoughts - and feelings
of sadness take hold.
Those suffering with anxiety may find that they
awake worried or with fearfulness for the day.
Those in active addiction suffer early mornings
with guilt, shame and remorse - or with symptoms
of physical withdrawal.
And those in early recovery often find their mind
restless and scattered.
The last thing that anyone in early recovery is
best to do - is to lay awake in the morning - and
to give their life a good think over.
Think back to the problems of yesterday - and feel
the anger, guilt and shame begin to grow in your
Think forward to an uncertain future - and feel
fear begin to take hold.
For those in early recovery from addiction - a restless
mind will usually wander where it is not healthy
The first twenty minutes of your morning is a time
Start the day in a frantic rush - or take the time
to settle your self.
Jump in with the same habits as always - or get
started in new ways.
But first thing in the morning is not the time to
decide what to do.
It is best to have a plan - a morning routine -
that you can follow - and without needing to think
too much about it.
Decide on a routine for the first twenty minutes
of each day - and set the stage for a calm and more
Planning Your Routine
Set a regular time to get up each day.
It doesn’t matter what
hour you decide - but a regular time to wake is
important to your health - and will very much help
your morning routine.
If you use an alarm to wake you in the morning -
set it to begin with calming music - playing as loudly
as you need to wake up.
Try to wake before others in your household need
to be up - or let them get on with their day before
Prepare a twenty minute routine to begin as soon
as you wake.
The routine does not need to be complicated - but
simple and focused.
An excellent way to begin your morning - is to recite
the Serenity Prayer as soon as you wake. Say it once
or a few times over in your mind.
Grant me serenity - to Accept the things I cannot
change - Courage to change the things that I can
- and Wisdom to know the difference.
If you think that you will forget - ask for help
to remember just before going to sleep at night.
As you drift off to sleep just say - Help me
remember to say the Serenity Prayer first thing
when I wake up. Do this for a few nights -
you will be amazed at the results.
You can also ask for help
to wake up at a certain time each morning - seven
or eight o’clock.
You will gradually find that you do so - without
need for an alarm clock.
Just ask for help with these things in your mind
- before drifting off to sleep each night. It is
a way to plant messages deeply within your body and
Decide how you will spend your first twenty minutes
awake. Then just follow your plan.
Listen to calming music or to a favorite relaxation
exercise. Say the Serenity Prayer over and again
in your head - like a mantra.
If your nature is restless or anxious, you may be
best to begin with a stretching or exercise routine.
Many in recovery will begin their day by reading
a few paragraphs of recovery literature - a story
of recovery or a daily inspirational reading.
It doesn’t really matter
what you choose to do - just follow your routine
- and let go of anything that comes up to distract
Once you decide on your routine - write it down.
Post a reminder note somewhere near your bed or inside
Make your morning routine a part of your day to
day Personal Program of Recovery.
Whatever your plan, you will find your mind pulled
to other issues. You will think of a problem that
happened yesterday - or that you fear will come up
You will wonder if you are wasting time - just relaxing
- when the day is waiting for you to rush in. Your
mind, body and feelings will pull you in all sorts
Whatever comes to your mind - just notice it and
let it go. It can wait for later in the day. Rest
your mind back on the Serenity Prayer - your calming
music or stretching movements.
Just bring your mind back
to rest on your morning routine - as many times
as is necessary for you to do so. Don’t pressure
your self - or become angry if your mind wanders
Mental habits take time to change. It gets easier
with practice - and your skills gradually build.
The first twenty minutes of your day - is a time
of transition for body, mind and brain.
It’s a time when the
restless habits of stress set in - or time for
you to lay the foundation to a better day.
Get up at the same time each morning - and start
your day with the Serenity Prayer.
A twenty minute routine of activity - will go a
long way to a calmer and more enjoyable day.
Rest your mind on the activities of your Morning
Routine - and make it a part of your Personal Program
You have now reached the end of The Importance
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