Hope you rang in the new year with a healthy and safe celebration. If you’re looking to gain or maintain sobriety in 2018, there are some steps you can take that will support you in your goals.
- 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. If you’re not sure where to start, try doing a daily gratitude practice that takes 1-5 minutes. If you’re a writer, try writing down what you’re grateful for, and you can read it later for support and encouragement.
- Find a hobby.
Boredom is the enemy of sobriety and healthy living . If you’ve got extra time on your hands, it’s time for a hobby. Find a sport, gather sober friends for a weekly movie night, go outside and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. There’s always more to do and more to learn. Find something new to love.
- Establish stronger connections.
Make or deepen connections with a 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. Not only will it support their recovery, but also yours.
- Get physically healthy.
Physical health involves being at a healthy body weight, exercising and taking care of any physical health concerns you’ve been avoiding. Make 2018 the year of improving YOUR health. Get a check-up, get some vitamins and commit to physical exercise, even a little every day. Studies have shown that just 10 minutes a day of rigorous exercise will improve everything. Since body and mind are connected, if your body is strong this supports your mind.
- Take care of your mental health.
Mental health concerns can affect everyone. If needed, make an appointment with a counselor, therapist or health coach. Getting your mental health in check will help you find balance and peace.
- Don’t worry about minor things.
Ditch old resentments and hurts and make this the year that you forgive yourself and others. Make a list and work on getting rid of them one by one. If you’re having a tough time, work with a counselor to go into 2018 free of these old hurts. Focus on positivity and building healthy, strong relationships.
- Ask for help.
None of these steps are easy, particularly if you’re attempting more than one. Asking for help is a sign of strength, and also makes you humble. We can all benefit from more humility in our lives.
“When we become aware of how blessed we truly are, miracles start to happen.”