The beginning of the year is the perfect time to take stock of what you’ve accomplished in the previous year and decide what you want to do in the new one. Even though we’re able to make changes any time of the year, there’s something about January 1st that motivates us to want to make changes and stick to them. That’s why the gym fills up the first few weeks of the year.
If you’re in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction, you’ve already made positive changes in your life. You can take this time to see how far you’ve come and figure out where you want to go. Recovery is a lifelong process that teaches you something every time a new challenge comes up. Taking time to evaluate your progress can help you see the areas you may need to work on and allow yourself to appreciate what you’ve accomplished.
Here are some ideas to help you start the new year off on the right foot and make even more positive changes in your life. If you, or a loved one, need Raleigh drug rehab or alcohol treatment, please call Legacy Freedom! We can help!
1. Review what you did in the past year.
List the things you’re proud of or happy that you accomplished. Those things can involve addiction recovery, career moves, financial successes, travel, fitness goals, or relationships that you worked to improve.
2. Now review what you didn’t do.
List the things you would like to have accomplished in the past year. Figure out why they didn't work out and see if you can approach them from a new angle. Just because you didn't do it last year, doesn't mean it's not possible this year.
3. Set new goals for the new year.
After reviewing what you did and didn’t do last year, make a list of what you want to do in the next year. Make it a mix of small and large goals, or give yourself one goal a month. And be realistic. If you want to go to the gym more, set a goal of three times a week rather than five.
4. Simplify your life.
The new year is a good time to eliminate unnecessary things in our lives. Is your house cluttered with things you don’t use? Spend a weekend cleaning the house and donate your items to a charity. Do you have engagements you no longer enjoy? You don’t have to feel obliged to go if they don’t fulfill you anymore.
5. Do a relationship assessment.
Think about the most important relationships in your life – your spouse, children, parents, etc. – and how they affected you in the past year. Are there improvements you can make? Do you need to spend more time with them? Also, are there people in your life that bring you down? Relationships are what ground us, motivate us and inspire us. Be sure to put just as much thought into how to make them better as you do other goals. We tend to focus on career, financial and fitness goals more than our relationships, so don't forget to include them.
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