Great New Years Resolutions for People in Recovery
We’re nearing the end of 2017 and with it many are taking this time to self-reflect and prepare for the new year.This is also when people typically decide their New Year’s Resolution- personal goals they aspire to achieve in the coming year. Losing weight, overcoming debt, making career changes, and finding new love are all typical new year’s resolutions we hear year after year. While these goals can help improve the overall quality of one’s life, the reason so many people aren’t successful is because these goals are often impersonal and lack commitment and planning.
For 2018, we challenge you to set new year’s resolutions which help you reach your goals in and beyond your recovery. Not sure where to begin? Here’s 5 great new year’s resolutions for people in recovery!
Be Kind- To Yourself and Others.
Being hypercritical of yourself is easy- most of us do it without even realizing it. In 2018, make it a point to be more mindful of the way you treat yourself and others.
Make Self-Care a Priority.
Regularly practicing self-care helps to keep you in sync with yourself and address mental and emotional challenges before the threat of relapse even occurs. Make time in your schedule for the things you love, self-reflection, and rest.
Give Back to the Community.
Being involved in the community is a great way to enrich your life and helping you remain busy and productive.
Experience More of the World.
Addiction recovery is a second chance at life, so make the most of it in 2018! Rather through travel, exploring expressive arts, or trying new culinary treats, expand your horizons and connect with the world around you.
Share Your Testimony.
Your story is important- it could help save someone’s life. Sharing it as a new year’s resolution in 2018 can be cathartic and help re-establish your commitment to clean and sober living.
Rather you choose your new year’s resolution from this list, or craft your own, be sure to enter the new year optimistically and ready to take on the challenges that lie ahead! Happy New Year!
Do you think a New Year’s Resolution will benefit your recovery journey? Tell us why or why not in the comments below!
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About the Author
Alexandrea Holder is a South Florida native working toward double Master’s degrees in Psychology and English. She finds the psychological aspects of addiction and mental illness fascinating, as both are prevalent in her family’s history. When not researching and spreading addiction awareness, Alexandrea enjoys sparring, artistic pursuits, and admiring puppies online.