As 2018 is off to a cold start in Southeast Minnesota, you're probably thinking about your New Year's Resolutions and the changes you can make in your life this year.
If you're not sure of where to start, we put together a list for you. Here are a few recovery-friendly resolutions for 2018:
- Practice gratitude.
Gratitude is one of the main principles of recovery. It will keep you grounded and can help you move forward from the past. Not sure where to start? Try a daily gratitude practice – even for 1 minute. Think about what you're grateful for or write them in a journal each day. Said best by Melody Beattie, "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."
- Find a hobby.
Kick boredom to the curb this year. If you've got extra time on your hands, it's time for a hobby. Find an intramural sport, get a group of sober friends together for a weekly movie night, start or join a book club, or take a class and learn something new. There's always more to do and more to learn. Find new joy this year and have some fun in recovery!
- Establish stronger connections.
Whether you have a group of sober friends or not, try to deepen your connections with your sober community this year. Take someone you've wanted to get to know out for coffee. Ask them about their recovery, what's worked for them, or how you can support them. Learn to listen and become a better friend and support person – it will make your recovery stronger.
- Address your physical health.
Physical health is more than losing weight. In active addiction, drugs and alcohol often get prioritized over our body's basic needs. And if you have a formal medical diagnosis, you may have been neglecting your health. Turn that around in 2018. Take vitamins, start working out, eat healthily in moderation and schedule a check-up with your primary care doctor. Your body and mind are connected, and healthier you are physically, the more you'll feel the benefits in your recovery.
- Take care of your mental health.
Recovery is a process. So even if you've been sober for a while, it doesn't mean you won't struggle with emotional or mental health concerns. This year, make an appointment with a life coach, therapist or psychiatrist. Getting your mental health in check will help you find balance, clarity and happiness in the year ahead.
- Don't sweat the small stuff.
Have resentments? Ditch them this year. Make a list and work on getting rid of them one by one. If you're having a hard time, work with your sponsor, recovery coach or counselor to go into 2018 resentment-free. You'll feel better and your energy can be spent on things that matter in your life – like recovery, friendships, family and health.
- Ask for help.
Whether you need help with a project at home or something bigger – like taking the first step of recovery – try to take the leap this year. Asking for help is a small sign of surrender and humility, and it will be a lesson many of us need to learn over and over this year. Just start small and ask.
Make this year one to remember. If you've found recovery already, we're excited about what's in store for you. The recovery journey is a constant process filled with growth, progress and learning.
And if you haven't taken the first step of recovery yet, this is your year. Recovery awaits. If you're searching for outpatient treatment in Rochester, Winona or Red Wing, Common Ground is ready to help you. We'll meet you where you are and will help you find a recovery pathway that meets your unique needs.
Happy New Year!