How Having a Routine Can Benefit Your Mental Health

How Having a Routine Can Benefit Your Mental Health

Having a routine provides a sense of calm, accomplishment, and security for individuals recovering from complex or persistent mental health disorders. Mental health symptoms can make it challenging to establish routines independently. However, outpatient programs provide clients with the skills to create patterns of behavior that reduce stress. According to the Journal of Global Health, “Regularized routines . . . can buffer the adverse impact of stress exposure on mental health.” Laguna Shores Recovery Center ensures clients have the tools to integrate healthy routines into their treatment and long-term recovery

Developing Healthy Routines During Treatment

It takes time to create and stick with a new routine. Treatment programs offer you the opportunity to establish routines in a structured environment. Therapy provides many tools and skills necessary to create healthy and sustainable routines. In addition, the care team and peers provide accountability to keep you moving forward in your recovery.  

A few ways people build routines while in treatment include: 

  • Using therapy to discover what areas need to be changed
  • Creating a plan for addressing those issues
  • Setting achievable goals 
  • Being consistent
  • Tracking progress and rewarding successes

Treatment programs at Laguna Shores provide you with a supportive community. Collaborate with your care team to determine how to establish and maintain routines that fit your needs and lifestyle. You can adjust your goals and routines as you heal and grow during recovery. 

Laguna Shores Provides Stability and Accountability

Recovery from persistent mental health issues takes time, dedication, and patience. Your care team will help you manage and maintain new routines during treatment. You can use their encouragement and guidance to continue moving forward. Peer support also provides motivation and inspiration during challenging moments in recovery. 

Creating new routines requires consistency. The stability of attending outpatient treatment makes it easier to do the following: 

  • Practice regular self-care
  • Prioritize your well-being
  • Identify problem areas 
  • Create sustainable solutions

Therapy increases self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Setting up new routines is easier when you feel confident in making lifestyle changes and overcoming challenges. Laguna Shores provides the stability and support you need to make positive changes that last a lifetime.

Having a Routine Improves Your General Health

Mental health disorders affect many aspects of your life and relationships. Creating routines helps you manage symptoms and create a healthier environment for healing. Your physical and psychological well-being will improve when you replace maladaptive behaviors with healthy alternatives.

A few of the ways daily routines improve your overall health include: 

  • Reduced risk of self-harming behaviors 
  • Decreased symptoms of anxiety or depression 
  • Lower stress levels 
  • Improved self-confidence and self-efficacy
  • Reduced blood pressure

Routines generally take two months to form fully. After you create a routine, the action becomes mindless, and you incorporate it into your day-to-day life. Many people find the consistency and familiarity of routines comforting. In addition, routines provide a sense of structure people in early recovery use to avoid falling back into maladaptive behaviors. Routines can change and adapt to fit your needs as you grow and heal. If you choose routines that involve physical activities, your overall physical health will continue to improve. Often the benefits are cumulative, and you may notice more positive effects as you continue to follow your new routine.    

Having a Routine for Long-Term Recovery

You can develop routines for long-term recovery and practice them during treatment and aftercare. Establishing new patterns of behavior can be difficult at first. According to the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, “[R]outines take time to establish. Adding in too many changes to a day will likely be difficult for the patient to sustain and may result in ‘behavior relapse.'” The care team at Laguna Shores Recovery Center assists clients in creating sustainable routines for long-term recovery. 

Developing a routine for long-term recovery requires the following: 

  • Incorporating enjoyable activities
  • Creating routines you can maintain outside a structured environment
  • A support system to help you stay on track 
  • Using rewards to sustain motivation

Setting up a new routine is easier if you start early and spend the first few months of treatment making it a part of your daily or weekly schedule. Long-term recovery from substance misuse or mental health issues is easier when you have a solid foundation of positive behaviors and lifestyle changes established during treatment. 

The Importance of Having a Routine in Aftercare

Transitioning into aftercare feels emotionally destabilizing for some people. However, routines ensure that some aspects of everyday life remain consistent during the transition. Familiarity feels safe and comforting to people in early recovery. Often routines help people remember to use their coping skills during unexpected situations or challenging moments in aftercare. Laguna Shores offers comprehensive support services for clients in aftercare. The care team can help you maintain your new routine as you gain more independence. 

People struggling with mental health issues often have difficulty maintaining consistency in their day-to-day life. Sometimes outside forces interfere with their ability to set routines or maintain positive behaviors. Outpatient treatment offers a supportive and structured environment where clients learn to set boundaries and establish healthy patterns of behavior. Long-term recovery is often easier when clients have routines to rely on after they complete treatment. Any constants in their daily life reduce stress and improve self-confidence. Laguna Shores Recovery Center helps clients establish healthy routines to support positive lifestyle changes. The care team offers guidance and insights for creating new routines. To learn more about our services and programs, call our office today at (866) 774-1532.