What to Do When Consistency Becomes Monotony in Recovery
Consistency is important for recovery and for life in general. It gives your life a sense of structure, which means you don’t have to figure out what you should be doing at every moment of every day. You don’t have to think about whether to have breakfast, whether to have oatmeal or doughnuts, what time to go to work, and so on. Consistency allows you to make good choices automatically, so you don’t have to constantly expend effort to make good choices. It also allows you to make steady improvements. No one learns to play the piano by practicing whenever he feels like it. No one gets in shape by jogging around the block once every few weeks. Improvement comes gradually, day by day.
The downside to all this healthy consistency is that it can become a bit monotonous. While you can accomplish a lot by doing the right thing even when you don’t feel like it, there’s a point at which the monotony can feel like a stone that’s just too heavy to drag. When you get to that point, there are several ways to reinvigorate yourself.
Find a new challenge. Boredom is often a sign that what you’ve been doing is too easy. It has become automatic. It’s no longer hard, but neither is it exciting. One solution is to find some way to make things a little harder. Maybe you can ask for a little more responsibility at work or consider volunteering more. Maybe this is a good time to take one of your hobbies more seriously by taking a class or competing.
Introduce some random variation. Not everything you do is essential to your recovery. It doesn’t matter what route you take to work, what gym you go to, or whether you eat breakfast at home or at a cafe. There are probably a hundred small ways you can make your day more interesting without disrupting the important aspects of your routine. Brainstorm some things you could do differently and keep an eye out for microadventures.
Take a break. When your routine becomes monotonous, it’s safe to say you’ve formed some decent habits. Taking a break every once in a while will not undo your progress. In fact, after a day or two off, you might be eager to get back on schedule. Maybe you decide to take a break from healthy eating and have a pizza and burgers day. It will probably remind you why you started eating healthier in the first place. As long as you don’t take a break from sobriety, you can probably get back into your normal routine without breaking stride. A break will remind you that sobriety, along with everything that supports it, is a choice you made so you can have a better life.
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