You have decided to take control over your life instead of letting your addiction control you. Recovery may not be the easiest thing to do but you can do it if you put your mind to it. It is important to think of your overall goal of what you want to achieve and then break it into smaller goals. Make sure the goals are specific, measurable to know what steps count, attainable, realistic to know it will be achieved, and set a deadline to make it easier to achieve. The small, healthy changes that you bring into your life can make a positive impact to your everyday routine.
How to Achieve Your Goals in Recovery
One way to achieve your goal in recovery is to switch your old habits in for a new hobby like adult coloring books or writing in a journal instead of doing social media.
A second way is to make changes to where you live such as opening a window, cleaning up your room, or rearranging the furniture to feel more comfortable.
A third way is to improve your wellbeing by meditation, yoga, or exercising as regular exercising can raise your endorphin levels which are linked to a positive attitude.
A fourth way is to practice random acts of kindness to help build character and brighten your day such as opening the door for someone or willing to pay for someone’s coffee.
A fifth way to achieve your goals is to practice saying yes when good opportunities come your way like if a friend invites you to a movie with them or there is a travel discount for a vacation spot.
A sixth way is that if you ever feel the need to indulge in your cravings, call your friends so that they can talk you out of indulging and provide you a source of support.
A seventh way is to develop a healthy diet to provide nutrients to your body as well as sleeping 7-8 hours a day.
An eighth way is to find ways to have clean and sober fun such as playing a board game with friends or going for a hike.
A ninth way is to distract yourself from cravings like going for a walk or a drive.
The tenth way is to picture the kind of person you will be like as a non-user and how much better your life will be when you take control of it.
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Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | September 28, 2017