The end of the year always has a way of making you feel introspective. The New Year is a benchmark and a new beginning, and people can’t help but reflect.

Now is as good a time as any to take stock of your life and well-being. 2018 is all about sobriety and self-improvement. But getting sober isn’t a goal–it’s a lifelong commitment to a total lifestyle change. These resolutions will help bolster your recovery and commitment to sobriety so January 1 can be the first day of the rest of your life.

1. Share your story.
Be an active participant if your 12-step meetings or group therapy sessions. Sharing your thoughts and experiences helps you become more involved in therapy and connect with people who have similar stories. When you take on a more active role in your treatment, you’re more likely to continue to make progress.

2. Take time for self-care.
It’s so easy to fall into a rut and neglect your well-being. Don’t forget to check in with yourself from time to time and do something for yourself by integrating a holistic activity into your routine. Meditate for 5 minutes a day. Practice yoga, go for walks or sign up for a group fitness class. Try acupuncture or art therapy. You’ll meet new people and get out of your comfort zone.

3. Pay it forward.
Volunteering for a cause you care about is one of the most fulfilling things you can do. Giving back will help you learn more about yourself and other people and expand your worldview. Whether you’re walking dogs at an animal shelter or helping kids with homework after school, these kinds of positive interactions can reinforce your commitment to sobriety.

4. Set goals in therapy.
You have a list of things you want to achieve in your mind–you just don’t know how to achieve them. If you regularly work with a therapist, set goals for your recovery together. Your therapist can guide you toward reaching them.

5. Spend more time with positive people.
If you walk away from spending time with your friends feeling totally drained, you might want to rethink who your friends are. Negativity–and positivity–are contagious. Wouldn’t you prefer positivity? Spend more time with people who have positive things going on in their lives, whether they’re sober too or support you in your recovery.

6. Make a reverse resolution.
Instead of looking toward the New Year thinking about what you hope to accomplish in 2018, reflect on what you’ve accomplished in 2017. If you’ve been sober during the last year, that’s something to celebrate! Instead of approaching 2018 with a list of things to achieve over the next 365 days, go in with the mindset of taking the year one day at a time.

Make Today the Day
Any day is a good day to get sober, but the New Year can be the push you need. Still, making a resolution isn’t enough. How many people do you know who have vowed to lose weight and actually done it?

If you’re serious about getting sober, you need to be committed. You need a partner who can guide you on a better path.

Guardian Recovery Network offers drug and alcohol interventions, detox services, residential treatment and intensive outpatient care that help people heal and recover. Contact a Guardian Recovery Specialist at 877-831-2533 to learn more about how our services can help you.