As another new year approaches, it’s natural to think about your recovery journey and look for ways to strengthen it. You may have already made a few standard resolutions related to recovery—perhaps you resolved to start a new exercise plan or to stick to your 12-step meeting schedule.
However, this might be a great time to think outside the box and choose some new resolutions that will help you boost your recovery. In this article, we’ll share a few ideas for refreshing your recovery resolutions.
Recovery Resolution #1: Try Meditation
Managing stress during recovery is essential for staying on track and avoiding relapse. Mindfulness techniques such as meditation can help you clear your head and let go of the negative thoughts and worries that can bog you down from day to day.
In fact, studies have shown that individuals who participated in a regular meditation program reported fewer cravings and stronger feelings of awareness than people who didn’t engage in mindfulness activities.1
Recovery Resolution #2: Give Back
One of the best ways to boost your sense of purpose and find fulfillment is to give back to your community. Studies have revealed that people who volunteer regularly report feeling healthier and less stressed than those who don’t take part in any community service.2 These feel-good benefits can help you stay in a better frame of mind and steer clear of a relapse.
You don’t need any specific experience or skills to volunteer—there are plenty of opportunities available for people of all backgrounds. Think about the causes and organizations that matter to you, and see if there’s a way you can get involved. Not only does volunteer work help you live a more meaningful life, it also gives you a chance to meet other like-minded people and expand your social support system while giving back to your community.
Recovery Resolution #3: Share Your Experiences and Thoughts
If you regularly attend a support group or a 12-step meeting, make this the year you become more actively involved as a participant. You’ve listened and learned from others who were further along on their recovery journeys—it may be a good time for you to begin sharing more of your thoughts and experiences with the group.
You’ll most likely find that others in the group can benefit from your insights and can relate to the challenges you’ve faced; you’ll also find that this kind of active participation helps you make progress in your own recovery.
The beginning of a new year is a terrific time to make positive changes in your life. Even if your recovery journey has been going smoothly, it can be fun to shake things up and set some goals that can make your life in recovery more rewarding and interesting. Try adding one or two of these recovery resolutions to your recovery routine, and see if they help strengthen your recovery in the coming months.