In Recovery? There's Plenty of Time to Thrive in 2018

June 12, 2018

January, and its ubiquitous time for resolutions, is many months away. If you haven’t kept up with the resolution to get in shape, abstain from sugar for a year, or declutter the attic of useless stuff, fret not! There’s still plenty of time left to take on 2018 with style and verve, and feel great doing it. 

 

Need a little motivation? Check out Dr. Andrea Paige’s The Live for Vitality Podcast: “Get Your Life Back on Track.”

 

Recovery mode

 

Suffered a setback? It happens. The first step to moving forward is to forgive yourself—and move on. Experts agree that recovery isn’t a seamless journey forward; it’s normal to take a step (or two) back even as you move forward.  

 

Action plans

 

Have you created a plan for your recovery and set goals for yourself? Start by writing down two or three short, specific goals for each week, like making time to work out three times weekly. Specificity increases the likelihood that you’ll stick to your goals, as does keeping those goals doable and manageable, especially to start. Since nearly 92 percent of people fail to keep their resolutions, often because they become overwhelmed by the size, number and scope of goals they set for themselves, why not join that other 8 percent instead? 

 

Tangible goal management

 

Have a smartphone? If so, check out these top apps for tracking goals:

 

GoalsOnTrack empowers users to create Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (SMART) goals. You can set focused action plans, break larger goals into manageable milestones, and more.

 

Coach.me offers both free and fee-based options—even a real, live coach to help you to form new, positive life habits. Track daily progress, set targets and reminders, view trends, and connect with others in the community.

 

Strides, a free goal and habit-tracking app, allows you to track up to 10 goals at a time. Want more options? You can upgrade to a premium plan, too.

 

Way of Life offers visual tracking features like pie and bar charts, instant feedback, and the ability to track three goals/habits/behaviors. Upgrade to the premium plan to access other features and resources.

 

Want to see how others thrive? Check out these 9 YouTubers that include people who share thrifty tips, DIY makeovers on miniscule budgets, bullet journaling, vegan recipes, yoga, and more.

 

Accountability

 

Many people recovering from injury find that partnering with someone who’s willing and able to help them stay accountable increases their success. Ask a friend to exercise with you—you’ll both benefit by committing to each other’s fitness and cheering each other on.

 

Hobbies to cultivate on the road to recovery

 

Learning how to relax, have fun, and regain control over your life when you’re in recovery can be challenging, but not impossible! These activities provide pleasure and focus, and will help you to maintain your sobriety.

 

Exercise. No one says exercise should be painful and not fun! Any activity that gets your heart rate up counts. Whether it’s a team or solo sport, classes at the gym, weekend and evening hikes, walks, runs, or playing with the kids or dog, it counts! 

 

Nature. The outdoors is a proven balm for all people. The sunshine, fresh air, and sounds are all part of nature’s healing quality, and help balance the hectic lives we lead. Play in nature with activities like biking, kayaking, tennis, swimming, or golf.

 

Photography. Your journey gives you a unique perspective on life. Channel your vision with photography, a wonderful medium with which to capture the world’s beauty. 

 

Cooking. Healthy eating is a critical component to healing after addiction, so why not become a five-star chef of your own kitchen? This hobby encourages plenty of experimentation. Get inspired with the thousands of food podcasts and blogs out there.

 

Crafting. Creating art brings happiness and joy to the spirit. Some crafts—like knitting and crochet—facilitate a zen-like state. 

 

Eyes ahead

 

Regardless of where you’ve been, turn your eyes forward. As one Quora expert wrote, “You have a reason for being. If your why is strong enough, then your howwill fall into place. You will figure out a way.”

 

 

Photo Credit: pexels.com

 

 

Written by: Adam Cook from www.addiction hub.org

 

 

 

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