4 Ways To Stay Motivated In Recovery For 2022
Author Catherine Pulsifer describes that the start of the new year as the time to say goodbye and a time to say hello. A time to bid farewell and a time to look forward. A time to let go and a time to learn new things; that is what happens when the New Year rings in.\
When you wrapped up the new year, it was the perfect time to see what you achieved last year and what you need to improve on in 2022. New Year's resolutions can be a motivating kickstart to achieving our goals and a way to feel better about what we didn't do the previous year.
On the other hand, goals must be more than words; they must be action-oriented to be achieved.
About New Year's Resolutions
Resolutions might be goals you want to achieve in a short period of time (short-term goals) or goals that you want to accomplish over the course of a year or many years (long-term goals). Starting the new year with goals that encourage you is one way to make them more attainable. Too many of us have set goals that are either unrealistic or out of reach.
Many people reflect on and reevaluate some of their life choices after the holiday season has passed. New Year's resolutions provide the ideal chance for people who have yet to begin making the changes they promised to make next week, next month, or perhaps when winter arrives.
Staying Motivated is Key to Achieving Resolutions
Motivation is what drives us to make things happen. However, staying motivated isn’t always easy. Although lack of motivation is a symptom of many mental health disorders, including depression, it can also be the result of something else. If you're having trouble coping with a problem in your life or experiencing anything that damages your self-confidence, for example, you may lack motivation.
It's no secret that staying motivated is essential to achieving one objective after another. Of course, there are activities that successful people dislike, but they find the motivation to accomplish them because they know how each work contributes to a larger goal. While staying motivated can be challenging, it is an essential aspect of recovery. Staying motivated in the new year to accomplish your goals can teach you how to stay motivated in recovery and life.
Tips on Staying Motivated
Staying motivated can be challenging, but some ways you can help yourself include:
#1. Having People Who Support You: Having a solid support system in place is a great way to stay motivated in the new year. The people you surround yourself with are significant and assist you in responding to situations. You'll want to be around people who are concerned about your well-being. If you find it useful, you can enlist the aid of people you trust to help you keep track of your goals and check in on your progress on a regular basis. They can also help you if you start to feel overwhelmed.
#3. Take Care of Yourself: As always, you must take care of yourself. Take care of your health and think positively about yourself. You may make mistakes or not meet your desired goal, but these are all learning opportunities that will help you progress. Practice positive self-care and talk to yourself in the way you want to be rather than the way you are right now.
#2. Identify Hurdles: When staying motivated, you may also want to recognize your stumbling hurdles. Do you know what's preventing you from achieving your goals? You might be astonished to learn about what is preventing you from reaching your objectives. This "something" could be a talent gap in one area or a trait you're not aware of what's holding you back. It's critical to reflect on yourself and how you respond to the world around you to come up with strategies to improve.
#4. Celebrate Your Victories: Small and large victories should be celebrated. It's still an accomplishment if you achieve a goal, no matter how big or small it is. Make sure you take a break, perhaps treating yourself to a favorite dinner or going out with friends. You deserve it. When you've finished celebrating, keep the momentum going by creating a new goal and continuing to progress.
Remember, Motivation Is Personal
Motivation is, to some part, a personal thing. What gets you going might not get another person going. Some people also appear to be more committed to their goals than others. Setbacks are unavoidable but building resilience can help you keep going and finish what you started, which is why it is always essential to have your action plan in place.
2022 brings new opportunities to set goals and resolutions. However, it can be challenging to stay motivated. Motivation is essential to sobriety and progression in life and recovery.
At The Edge Treatment Center, we offer proven, evidence-based addiction treatment techniques to help people stay motivated and active in their recovery. We also happily welcome people with a period of sobriety behind them. Talk to us at (800) 778-1772 to learn more.