New Year’s resolutions typically get a bad rap, but people in recovery know how important it is to set goals and take steps to achieve them. So, let’s start this new year the right way. Here are five resolutions to continue your recovery.


Use Your Support System

Whether your support system consists of family, friends, or it means going to meetings, you need the support of others during recovery. You will benefit from the camaraderie and encouragement from your support system. Using your support system reminds you that you are not alone and empowers you during your sobriety.


Nurture Relationships

We’ve already recommended you use your support system. It’s extremely difficult to recover from substance abuse when you’re isolated. We all need a strong support system full of people who love us – whether we’re in recovery or not. Make the resolution to spend quality time with the people you care about. It can be something as simple as a weekly phone call to your parent or sibling, or a coffee date with a friend.


Help Others

Volunteering your time and energy for something you care about is a great way to get out of your own head and focus on others. In fact, it is scientifically proven that helping others, helps yourself. Volunteering can keep depression away and give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Consider doing things like providing snacks for get togethers or committing to a service project with a charitable organization.


Prioritize Sleep

Sleep is extremely important and can make a huge difference in your life. Without proper rest, you are more likely to feel irritated and stressed. A good night’s sleep can help you wake up calm, refreshed, and ready to take on the day. Make sleep a high priority.


Manage Stress

Stress is a big trigger. To maintain your sobriety, make a new year’s resolution to manage your stress. At Holland Pathways, we practice yoga every morning. You can also try other forms of exercise, painting, music, and more. Creating healthy habits helps you on the path of recovery.