Many people enjoy creating New Year’s resolutions because the New Year signifies an opportunity for growth, change, and dreams. Unfortunately, many people who make resolutions do not fulfill their goals by the end of the next year because they haven’t made the steps necessary to complete their goal. One of the most important components of recovery and meeting any goal is to take things step-by-step; develop a plan of action, make small, daily efforts that serve to the larger goal, and keep the end goal in mind. Practicing this will increase your chances of reaching your goal by the end of the next year.
- Make the decision to seek help. Seeing a therapist, psychologist, and treatment center is a top priority for many struggling with substance abuse. This next year, make the decision to call a treatment center and seek help. This is something that can be done relatively early in the year if you create small to-do lists each day working towards finding a center that works best for you.
- Decide to work on building your support team this upcoming year. Support is incredibly important in recovery, and building a network of people who truly care about your overall well-being are great people to have around. Work on identifying those who benefit your recovery and those who hinder it. Work on an action plan towards distancing yourself from those that harm you, and maintaining closeness with those who don’t.
- Work on developing more self-care. You could start off by implementing one small self-care activity each day; it could be reading a fun book, watching an entertaining movie, taking a nice walk, making time each day to simply spend time with your pets, and more. These small activities add up over the course of a year, and will lend to you being happier and healthier.
- Choose to work on more positive thinking. With this New Year’s resolution, you could commit to writing for about 15-20 minutes each day in a journal regarding your current feelings and thoughts. You could establish daily writing prompts, or you could freely write. Either way, maintaining a journal is a fantastic way to recognize negative thought patterns that may be hindering you.
No matter what, resolutions are best enacted when the importance is placed there at the very beginning. If you’re forming a resolution, identify why it’s so important for you to get this done. How much value and benefit will it add to your life? Imagine yourself implementing this change and keep that image in your mind throughout the year as you progress towards your goals.
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