How Can Making My Bed Impact My Day?

Having a sense of structure is one of the pillars of recovery that many treatment programs can teach you. Structure means that you know what to expect from your daily schedule, your relationships, and your environment. Your daily routine can set up the structure of your day and give you a sense of stability.

Routines can help you alleviate anxiety, since you will know what to expect during your day. For many of us, our routine begins in the morning with the simple act of making our bed. Can making your bed each morning have a profound impact on your day?

Building Positive Momentum

You have most likely heard the famous Chinese proverb along the lines of “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” How you start your day can build positive momentum to push you through the day’s tasks and challenges. Making your bed each morning can be the first item that you cross off your daily “to-do” list.

You can start each morning with one accomplishment before moving on to other tasks. Building momentum always begins with taking the initial step in a positive direction. Starting your day by creating a comfortable and neat personal space can set you up to make more positive decisions throughout your day.

When you are trying to build positive habits, you may find that starting small is the pathway to success. You might be overwhelmed when beginning recovery. Making changes can be hard for anyone. Many people find that they build momentum to achieving greater long term goals by starting off with completing smaller, simpler tasks.

If you feel that you are struggling with finding motivation, begin with setting a goal to make your bed each morning this week. You might be surprised how this one task can improve your motivation.

The Two-Minute Rule

The principle of the “two-minute rule” is similar to making your bed each morning. You are minimizing your expectations to finish one simple task with ease and without a huge time commitment. Making your bed tricks your brain because your expectations are not demanding.

Often, once you make your bed, you will feel better completing this task and will carry this momentum into your day. You start your day off with a positive chain reaction. Let’s explain the “two-minute rule” in more detail. When beginning a new habit or goal, some of us use the “two-minute rule.”

This rule can help you manage your expectations while setting new goals. When setting new goals, people often set their expectations too high and set themselves up for failure. To incorporate the “two-minute rule” into your routine, set the expectation that you will work on each of your goals for only two minutes at a time.

Similar to making your bed, this can set off a positive chain reaction to propel you forward in achieving new goals. For example, let’s say you want to work out each day. If you set your expectations too high, like working out for one hour each day, you might set yourself up for failure.

However, if you set your expectations lower, like exercising each day for at least two minutes, you trick your brain into starting because the demands are low. Often, getting started is the hardest part of any new habit and the “two-minute rule” tricks us into getting started with ease. Once you start engaging in a task, you will most likely find that you exceed your goal of two minutes.

The Importance of a Neat and Clean Environment

Making your bed is also one way that you can have control over the neatness of your immediate environment. When you begin recovery, you may feel like your life is chaotic and out of control. By making your bed, you have improved at least one thing in your home that can make you feel refreshed and in control.

Keeping a neat and clean home can also help you feel more relaxed. If you are looking around at a messy room or a disorganized home, you may feel anxious. You may find relaxing to be difficult, which will have a negative impact on your overall wellness.

Being able to come home to a nice, restful home is a gift that you can give yourself. Start today by simply making your bed. You will be surprised at the impact it has on your day.

Accountability is one of the pillars of recovery used by many treatment programs. By holding ourselves accountable, we put hard work into making ourselves better through the recovery process. Sometimes, we may feel like the work involved is insurmountable. Often, this is because we have set our expectations too high. By completing simple tasks like making our bed each morning and using the “two-minute rule,” we can build up the positive momentum we need to get through the rest of the day. Beginning your morning by completing one simple chore can have a profound and immediate impact on your mood and overall well-being. Setting up a welcoming and comfortable home environment will help you feel more relaxed and in control. At Camelback Recovery, we ask our participants to make their beds each morning as they begin a structured routine in daily recovery. We emphasize the importance of setting realistic expectations for positive growth and change. Call us today at (602) 466-9880 to begin your first steps to recovery!


What Is the Importance of Sharing a Nutritious Meal With Others?

All across the globe, people bond over the experience of sharing meals. Families sit down together for holiday dinners, couples go on dates at restaurants, friends host cookouts to bring people together, and charitable organizations host dinners to raise money for their cause.

Cooking and eating have been ways human beings throughout all of history have spent time together. Certain foods and cuisine may be a source of pride for groups of people. We build a routine based on meal times, and we often look forward to these breaks in our day.

While we are in a recovery program, we might share meals with our peers. Shared meals can help us to build a sense of community and open up a dialogue for thoughtful conversation. Sharing healthy meals also helps our physical well-being, which then helps us develop a healthy frame of mind.

Preparing Meals Together: Learning to Share and Compromise

While attending long-term recovery programs, like sober living homes, we might be supplied with food to prepare meals with our peers. We may be asked by our recovery support staff to help plan menus and prepare meals. When planning menus with our peers, we may have to compromise depending on each person’s tastes and dietary needs.

Our favorite meal might not be the preferred choice of our peers. Some of our peers might also have dietary restrictions preventing them from eating some of the things that we enjoy. When preparing meals, we also share our culinary skills with the group.

Some of us may bring a different skill to the table, like being able to mince onions or beings able to make sauces without a recipe. Some of us may have unique recipes that we would like to share with our peers. When we plan and prepare meals, we reach toward the common goal of enjoying a healthy and nutritious meal together.

For some of us, sharing a meal could be akin to sharing a part of our history and our culture. We may have a family recipe that is passed down from generation to generation, or have a favorite meal that brings up pleasant memories. When people travel to new places, finding unique and local cuisine helps them learn about the cultural settings of new environments.

We can learn a lot from one another based on our preferred meals. One of your peers may be a vegan due to their passion for animal rights. Another may love pizza because their baseball coach took them out for pizza following victories. Our meals can spark new topics of conversation and help us get to know our peers.

Trying New Things and Being Open-Minded

We might be exposed to different experiences that we have never tried before while in a recovery treatment program. Nutritious and healthy meals might be a new experience for us. Trying new things can help us learn to be open-minded and accept new challenges.

Eating different types of foods can help us cultivate an openness to trying novel activities. Thinking of eating unfamiliar foods as an exercise in open-mindedness can help us in our recovery. When trying new foods, we might have to suspend our preconceived notions about what we expect.

We may need to challenge our thoughts on what is and what is not a satisfying meal. We might not understand the impact of eating nutritious meals. We may need to learn how to develop healthy eating habits to replace some unhealthy behaviors and ideas about food.

Just like new challenges and activities in recovery treatment, we might be surprised by what we enjoy when sharing new meals with others. We might discover a new favorite meal during our stay in a sober living environment that we never would have been exposed to prior to our participation in treatment.

Building Community: A Pillar of Recovery

Fostering a sense of community is one of the pillars of many recovery programs. Prepping and sharing meals can teach us how to compromise with our peers, how to work with our peers, and can provide us with a comfortable environment for intriguing conversations. Sharing meals with others can help us feel a sense of belonging in a new environment and help us to feel at ease within our recovery program.

When we build a sense of community, we begin to build healthy relationships and create a supportive recovery environment for all the people within our program. Meal-sharing is one of many ways that we can cultivate a sense of community and get to know our peers.

Some recovery programs and sober living homes recognize the importance of providing healthy meals for peers in recovery. Sharing meals is a great way to learn about healthy eating habits, to come together as a peer group, to learn new things about each other, and to foster a sense of community within a treatment program. Food is often a source of comfort for most of us and learning how to make nutritious meals can have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being. Learning to eat unfamiliar dishes also teaches us to be open-minded in other areas of life as well. Camelback Recovery recognizes the value of sharing meals among peers in our sober living environments. Our staff help to prepare community dinners to share with all of our participants. Call us today at (602) 466-9880 to begin your recovery treatment in our home.