While New Year’s resolutions are nothing more than a fun tradition for some, it is a great time to set attainable goals to achieve your best self. The beginning of a new year brings a fresh start and a chance to build new, healthy habits. This is especially important for those who are in recovery or want to recover from substance addiction.
No two people in recovery are alike; everyone has a unique story. Wherever you are in your journey to recovery, New Year’s resolutions are a great way to stay motivated or regain lost motivation. Here are some resolutions to help you stay on your path to sobriety.
Keep a Recovery Journal
Journals are an excellent way to stay focused on your recovery journey. By writing down the events of your day and reflecting on them, you can better understand your emotions, what your triggers are, and what coping strategies are working for you. Journal writing also allows you to look back and be proud of how far you have come. Journaling is an excellent resolution to have this year!
Make Healthy Choices
Taking care of your physical health can also help with your recovery. Exercising causes our body to release endorphins, or feel-good chemicals. These endorphins can do wonders for helping with stress, something that can be an obstacle on your road to recovery. Whether it’s going to the gym more often or having a healthier diet, making healthier choices is an excellent resolution to have.
Discover a New Hobby
An essential step in your recovery is finding new ways to enjoy your free time. After you cut out toxic habits and people, it’s time to replace them with healthy alternatives. Whether it's trying a local painting or cooking class, learning how to play the guitar, or going on hikes, it’s important to find new things you are passionate about. Make a resolution this year to explore new hobbies and interests.
Ask for Help When You Need It
No matter where you are in your recovery journey, it’s important to remember you aren’t alone. If you feel yourself struggling, reach out to your support system. It may feel uncomfortable initially, but support is necessary for your recovery journey. Make your resolution this year to ask for help when you need it.
Our team at Carolina Recovery Solutions is here to help you through your recovery journey. If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, call us today at (828) 383-8328 to learn how we can help.