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When you say you have made a New Year’s resolution, you are essentially saying you have made a new goal for yourself. Goals can be an amazing part of the recovery process and of maintaining your overall well-being. However, as most people know, many find it challenging to keep the New Year’s resolutions they have set for themselves. When you are creating a new goal for yourself, there are a few issues you should consider. Here are a few suggestions to keep in mind as you determine what New Year’s resolutions may be right for you.

Think It Through

Do not make goals without thinking them through. Think about how that goal is going to benefit your life and why you want to work towards that specific goal. Think about what it is going to take to accomplish that goal and what sort of time commitment is going to be involved.

Establish Steps

If you have a large goal you want to accomplish, establish steps or smaller goals underneath that larger goal. Many people find it easier to think about and accomplish large goals if they break these larger goals down into smaller pieces and work on smaller steps.

Connect With Support

Setting goals as part of your recovery plan can be amazingly beneficial for you.  Having supportive people surrounding you and cheering you on can make a huge difference in whether or not you achieve the goals you have set. If you haven’t already done so, start to establish a support group of people who bring positivity and encouragement to your life.

Implement Rewards

Creating a reward system for yourself can help you to maintain your New Year’s resolution. Oftentimes resolutions simply get forgotten and left behind as life gets busy. Implementing rewards can help you to stay focused and give you the desire to move forward. For some people, rewards may be tangible objects that they have wanted for a while. Others may find rewards work best if they include either activities that they get to do if they accomplish their goal or time off from specific chores or undesirable activities.

When creating goals, it is important to think long-term and consider how each goal will help create the life you want. Break down your resolutions into smaller goals and implement rewards for every step you accomplish. Many people find that having strong support is beneficial when establishing goals and working through recovery.  Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you better understand your mental health and set goals that help you to work towards the life you want. Call us today to learn more about how we can support your journey at (855) 483-7800.