This is the time of year when a lot of people are taking a closer look at their lives and doing some reflection. They may be considering what things are going well and what things they would like to change or work on moving forward. Maybe this is the time of year that you typically set some New Year’s resolutions for yourself. This year, consider doing something a little different by incorporating your mental health into your New Year’s resolutions.
We know that mental health plays an incredibly important role in the journey of recovery from substance misuse. The more effort you put into the upkeep of your mental health, the better you are going to feel on the inside and out. Perhaps most importantly, when your mental health is strong, you’re going to be better equipped to make good decisions. This includes the ability to overcome potential urges and temptations and avoid situations that may put your recovery in jeopardy.
At Sage Recovery, we believe that recovery is not something that you merely accomplish one day and are finished with. Rather, recovery is something that you continue to work on and dedicate yourself to every day. Working on ensuring your mental health is the best it can be is part of this process.
Do you often find yourself coming up with the same old New Year’s resolutions every single year? Maybe your resolutions are the typical ones you tend to hear often, especially after the holiday season. For example, they may include getting to the gym more often, losing a few pounds, or skipping the drive-thru on the way home from work. These are all good things to strive for. However, do you tend to find yourself following through with them?
New Year’s resolutions are fun to think about, but if you don’t end up doing anything to accomplish them, they can be pretty pointless. There are a lot of reasons why you may find yourself giving up most of your New Year’s resolutions come February. It could be because they were too unrealistic or overwhelming. However, it could also be because these things simply weren’t meaningful to you.
If the New Year’s resolutions you set for yourself aren’t truly important and meaningful to you, then you may lack any real motivation to stick to them. That’s why it is important to think and reflect upon what you want your resolutions to be. Before creating a resolution, consider asking yourself the following questions:
By considering these things, you can be at a good starting point for coming up with resolutions that will mean something to you and benefit your mental health.
When coming up with your New Year’s resolutions, think about the different areas of your mental health that could be improved upon. Maybe you could work on learning new healthy coping mechanisms for stress or maybe you could make more of an effort to incorporate self-care into your daily life.
If you don’t know where to start, you might consider some of the following ideas for New Year’s resolutions related to mental health:
Are you wondering how to make your New Year’s resolutions stick this year? The SMART goal system can help. When coming up with your resolutions, you’re going to want to make sure that your goals fit the SMART acronym:
Begin by narrowing down your goal into one specific thing and make sure that it is something that you can track. Further, make sure it is something that you can reasonably and realistically accomplish. Finally, you should give yourself a certain period of time to accomplish this particular goal as you move forward. For guidance and support in goal setting or incorporating mental health into your New Year’s resolutions, call us at Sage Recovery today.
When it comes to working towards your recovery journey, there is always more to learn. There are also always ways that you can continue to become the best version of yourself that you can be. When it comes to your recovery journey, one of your top priorities is your mental health. It is important to regularly check in with where you’re at with your mental health, especially in the new year. The stronger your mental health, the more stable your sobriety can become. If you are struggling with substance use disorder, our team at Sage Recovery can help. Reach out to our team at (512) 306-1394 today to learn more about what recovery is and what resources we provide.