Each year, millions of people set New Year’s Resolutions. And by January or February, most of these resolutions are broken.
However, it is possible to break bad habits, conquer addictions and turn over a new leaf. That’s why we see people lose huge amounts of weight. We know people who enter rehab, and we watch people climb the career ladder like never before.
Here are 5 ways you can turn over a new leave this year:
If you’re an addict, there’s a high chance you hurt the people around you. Or, you may have failed to do the things you were supposed to do.
While your loved ones are likely to be happy to see you healthy and sober, you may notice that they’re still holding onto old issues.
Speak honestly with them and ask how you can make up for what you’ve done. Finding a way to repair any damage will allow you to move on and enjoy healthy, supportive relationships.
2. Surround Yourself With Sober People
If you’re planning to stay sober, you can’t keep spending time with the same friends you used to do drugs or drink with. Even if they may seem to be supportive of your sobriety, their life choices are still the opposite of your own.
You may find that spending time with these people makes you experience cravings since you spent a lot of time drunk or high.
Instead, focus on building relationships with people who are sober, and fill your time with new activities.
3. Get in Shape
While you may be sober now, you probably weren’t working out while you were using drugs or drinking. Getting back into a regular exercise routine will help you in numerous ways:
You’ll get endorphins from working out
You’ll sleep better
You’ll meet new people
Your clothes will fit better
You’ll be surrounded by people who value a healthy lifestyle
You’ll be able to fill your free time
You may also find that you haven’t been eating well in the past. It’s not uncommon to have signs of malnutrition, and now’s the time to do something about it.
Cut out the junk food, load up on healthy fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and fish. Drink lots of water, and you’ll soon start craving healthy options and notice changes in your body.
4. Increase your Self-Esteem
If you’ve been struggling with addiction for a long time, you may have feelings of worthlessness and low self-esteem.
Here are some ways you can focus on rebuilding your self-esteem:
Focus on your career
Look for ways to learn- through online courses or higher education
Celebrate every success
Build and maintain supportive friendships
5. Stay on the Right Track
It’s not uncommon for cravings to suddenly hit you. The first step is to consider where these cravings are coming from. Did you suffer a setback at work that made you want to “zone out?” Maybe it seemed to come out of nowhere.
Here are some steps you can take to stay on the right tracK:
Call up a support person to talk about your craving
Find something physical to do, like a run or workout
Eat something healthy and try some gentle yoga or meditation
Write a gratitude list
Journal about how far you’ve come
As you can see, while turning over a new leaf can take work, it can definitely be done. Good luck!