As we talked about in RULE 2, the morning sets the stage for the day. Many individuals in recovery complain of lingering symptoms of anxiety and depression which have a tendency to disrupt a good morning routine. Committing to 15 mins of quiet time in the morning is a great way to combat this.
A strong recommendation is to have a place in the house that will be free from noise and distractions where we can sit quietly. Daily readers in recovery are readily available and a good way to get a directed, specific, and encouraging message immediately upon awakening to carry into the day. For example, "24-hours A Day" is a book published by Hazelden Publishing, which we recommend and is a favorite among many who have established a regular morning routine.
Also, simply reading a few pages from your favorite book on recovery is a great way to start the day with optimistic thoughts and positive intentions.
Another great recommendation is five to ten minutes meditation. Most people prefer to use headphones and stream a morning guided meditation online (e.g. YouTube). There is an endless list of great options depending upon your specific search (e.g. "10 minute guided morning meditation for positive intentions")
The time-honored and reliable way to get the body revved up in the morning is through exercise. Some like to do yoga first thing in the morning, some will go for a light jog. If it helps quiet your mind and set the stage for the day, it is a good thing :-)