Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Do You Really Need a New Year's Resolution in Recovery?

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions – but are they a smart choice for people in recovery? Well, let’s look at the facts. An estimated 40 percent of Americans make resolutions around the new year and only 8 percent manage to keep them throughout the year. Many people drop them as early as January 20th.

But why? Well, the idea of improving yourself in the new year is a good one, but many people set up unrealistic and unattainable resolutions.

Setting the bar of expectations too high isn’t good for anyone – it can lead to anxiety and plummeting self-confidence – and it’s even more dangerous for someone in recovery. And if you’re taking your recovery one step or one day at a time, making a New Year’s resolution also might not make sense.

Instead of creating New Year’s resolutions, or a rigid list of dos and don’ts, many experts suggest setting attainable goals that you can spend 2019 working toward. Or, if you’ve already set goals, simply vow to keep going.

Another idea is to set New Year’s intentions, which invite you to be your personal best and can serve as a map for your goals. According to Deepak Chopra, MD, best-selling author and physician, “intention is the starting point of every dream. It is the creative power that fulfills all of our needs, whether for money, relationships, spiritual awakening, or love.”

Living with intention can help you tap into your inner voice and discover what fills you with passion or a sense of purpose. Some examples of New Year’s intentions:
  • I intend to forgive others, and myself. 
  • I intend to make meditation part of my sober lifestyle. 
  • I intend to make myself happy naturally. 
  • I intend to be open to success and abundance. 
  • I intend to give back to my recovery community. 
Whether or not you choose a conventional or non-conventional “New Year’s resolution,” just do your best to keep your recovery and health front and center and keep relapse at bay. You’ve made great strides in your recovery and deserve a happy, healthy and sober 2019!

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