Recovery Resolutions for the New Year

A new year is coming — and you know what that means. It’s time to make some New Year resolutions! Consider making some resolutions that will encourage your recovery journey, in addition to the resolutions that are just for fun.

Start a New Hobby

Consider developing some hobbies that don’t revolve around alcohol. The busier you are, the less likely you are to experience alcohol-related issues. Further, you may just find a hobby that you really enjoy. Try to think of social hobbies that you can do with your friends and your family. Maybe a movie night with friends or some form of fellowship.

Talk to Your Loved Ones

Resolve to talk to your loved ones next time you’re going through a hard time. Creating intimacy and a new closeness with others. That can mean a spouse, family, or even close friends — anyone you feel comfortable opening up to. Don’t forget that you can also reach out to your sponsor during times of weakness.

Think Positive

While thinking positive all the time can be taxing, there are dark times when positive thoughts can help. When you find yourself battling negative or intrusive thoughts, try to counter them with positivity. This is the basis for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is meant to “retrain” your brain to stay away from negative thoughts. Journaling once a day or 2 – 5 times a week about the fun things or what made you laugh for that day.

Get Healthier

Being healthier in general can help you avoid depression, anxiety, and other issues that can ultimately lead to substance abuse. Consider resolutions regarding going to the gym, maybe a specific aspect to going to the gym such as weight training, spin cycle class, eating healthier, or other goals that make you feel good. Even something as simple as getting more sleep can lead to a better mood.

Don’t forget that sometimes it’s better to have goals than resolutions. If you’re the type of person who finds it hard to achieve resolutions — or feels negatively about failing a resolution — it may be better to phrase them in terms of goals. Regardless of how you do it, remember — it’s a new year, and it’s a new you. For more resources and encouragement, contact My 12 Step Store.

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