You might think that any New Year’s resolution has to be a good idea because it’s a positive goal you’re setting for yourself. But at our facility for drug treatment in Wilmington NC, we can tell you that’s not always the case! There are some things that you can plan to do that just set you up for failure. Why put pressure on yourself to reach a goal that is unattainable? You will just feel worse about yourself for not reaching the goal.
Let’s take a look at some New Year’s resolutions that you shouldn’t make. We’ll also share some ways to look at them differently so that you can achieve your goals without setting your sights too high to reach.
At Legacy Freedom, we believe in helping people reach their goals with quality alcohol rehab and drug treatment in Wilmington NC. That’s why we create plans that meet the needs of the individual. Call us today to learn more about your programs and how they can help you become a healthy, sober person in the New Year.
Avoid Making These New Year's Resolutions!
1. Lose weight.
The number one resolution you hear from most people is that they want to lose a certain amount of weight. The funny and sad thing is, those people say the same thing every year and never reach that goal. You may have even set that goal for yourself and never reached it. Or, you may lose the weight a few months in but by the end of the year you may have gained it all back. It’s a vicious cycle!
For some, losing weight means unrealistic and unhealthy diets or taking exercising to the extreme. Anyone would get burnt out after a few weeks. Don’t set yourself up for failure. Rather than saying you want to lose a certain number of pounds by going on a restrictive diet, resolve to start eating healthier in general. If you want to exercise, rather than picking something you hate and forcing yourself to go, find an activity you enjoy. If you stop focusing on the numbers, you can achieve a better goal of becoming more healthy and fit overall, and it will become a lifestyle choice that you can stick with long term.
2. Learn something new.
This can also fall under the “read more” category. Many of us feel that we spend too much time on mindless things such as watching television or reading our Facebook newsfeed. We say that we want to read more books or spend time learning something new, but we usually never get around to it. We also fail to realize that we learn new things all the time without actually trying. In the last year you probably learned how to use at least one new app on your phone.
Rather than making lofty goals for learning new thing such as learning a foreign language or taking a class you probably don’t have time for, focus on small goals. Learn a new function in Excel. Cook a new type of food. Watch a video on YouTube to learn to do something around the house.
3. Travel more.
Most people want to be well-traveled and have interesting stories to tell, but few of us make it a reality. If you resolve to travel more each year but never do it, it’s time to take it off the list unless you really plan to do it. Travel requires advance planning, so if you want to make it a reality this year decide where you want to go, when you can go and how you’re going to pay for it. Then book the reservations and take the time off from work.
If you think that sounds like too much trouble, then maybe you don’t want to travel after all. Many people prefer to stay close to home, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But there’s no reason to keep it on your list if you know you’re not going anywhere in the upcoming year.
4. Save money.
Finances are usually on the New Year’s resolution list. We’d all like to make more money in the upcoming year, but it’s not always possible, so the next best thing is to save the money you do make. But having a vague resolution to save money isn’t very motivating. How much do you want to save? Are you saving for something special? Be specific in your goal or you probably won’t achieve it.
Take a look at your finances and see where you can save money, and designate that money toward savings. Calculate how much you’ll have at the end of the year, and now you have a clear goal to work toward. If you want to pay off a debt rather than save money, put that money towards the amount you owe and by the end of the year, you’ll see a smaller amount, or you may have even paid it off. That will save you money in the form of interest.
5. Be a better person.
Again, here is a vague resolution that doesn’t really mean anything. What does it mean for you to be a better person? If you can’t pinpoint how to achieve this goal, then you don’t have any milestones to hit. If being a better person means that you want to help others more, start volunteering once a month for a cause you care about. If you want to be a better friend, plan more outings and phone calls with your friends.
If you want to give up drugs or alcohol because you think it’s becoming a problem and interfering with your life, then resolve to get help. Call us at Legacy Freedom Treatment Center. We’re here to help you become a better person in the new year by getting sober and learning to live without drugs or alcohol. Start the new year off right by calling us today.
Dependable Drug Treatment in Wilmington NC For The New Year
An addiction of any kind takes a toll on you and your family and friends. So if someone you love is suffering from an addiction and needs help, call us at Legacy Freedom Treatment Center in Wilmington, NC. We offer personalized treatment programs to meet our patients’ needs. We have many forms of alternative therapies available that you won’t find anywhere else! We can also help people of all ages who are suffering from addiction. Know that Legacy Freedom also offers family support so that you can learn how to help your loved one during treatment. Give us a call today to learn more about the best alcohol rehab and drug treatment in Wilmington NC for 2017.