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New Year, New You

New Year, New You
Setting a Reasonable New Year’s Resolution is Important for those in Recovery

A New Year’s Resolution is like setting a goal. But setting an unreachable goal is counterproductive. Furthermore, setting a reasonable New Year’s Eve resolution can play a part in lasting recovery.

Here are some pointers for setting realistic New Year’s resolutions for 2019.

When setting goals, follow the SMART principle.

SPECIFIC

If you don’t know your desired outcome, how will you know when it’s been achieved?

MEASURABLE

Celebrate your progress along the way!

• ACTION-ORIENTED

Setting a New Year’s Resolution is one thing, but how will accomplish your goal?

• REALISTIC

You know yourself best. Is this goal reasonable for you?

• TIMELY

Set deadlines. Whether they be daily, monthly, or weekly.

Now that you’ve followed the SMART principle, here are 8 New Year’s resolutions to keep you on the path of recovery.

• Journal every day, even for just 15 minutes.

Journaling can help people in recovery better understand their emotions, triggers, cravings, and ultimately find coping mechanisms that are right for them.

• Exercise daily

Even if it’s just for 30 minutes, daily exercise builds strength, and stamina. All while increasing energy levels and releasing natural endorphins.

• Learn a new sober hobby

Learn to cook, take a class, or take up painting. Connect with life outside of drugs and alcohol.

• Attend worship

A deeper spiritual connection can be great comfort for those adjusting to a sober lifestyle

• Prioritize time with friends and family

Take baby steps to repair relationships after addiction.

• Practice random acts of kindness

Put simply, find ways to be of service to others.

• Celebrate success, not failure

Recovery requires a growth mindset. Mistakes don’t mean you’re a bad person or that you haven’t made progress. Reevaluate your plans and make sure your coping strategies are well-suited to your needs.

• Ask for help, if you need it

At first, putting yourself out there can be uncomfortable. But it’s a necessary step in the recovery process. Call your sponsor, doctor, or just call a friend.

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