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New Year, New You: Embracing Sobriety and Positivity
Categories: Senior Care Tips, Taking Care of Yourself | Posted: 1/24/2017 | Views: 1960

As the new year begins, many people are making resolutions. For those who have struggled with addiction, now is a good time to make positive changes to your lifestyle. Sobriety can be an enormous challenge, particularly in a society that makes light of alcohol abuse. However, it is fully possible to live a well-rounded, happy life without the use of substances. If you want to begin your sober life this year, here are a few tips for embracing a new, healthier you.

Support is Very Important

Undergoing a major life change is not an endeavor one should tackle alone. Support from friends, family, or even a support group makes a world of difference. The first step to take on your path to greater well-being should be to seek the support of those around you.

Be open about your sobriety and let your loved ones know what becoming sober means to you. Not only is this likely to gain you support but will also help prevent unintentional temptation from your friends and family. If no one knows you’re working toward sobriety, they will likely continue to offer alcohol or other substances. Clear communication is key.

Sober Activities are More Plentiful than You May Think

When you decide to live a sober lifestyle, it can seem as though every social activity involves alcohol. While you may feel that you can handle attending an event that exposes you to substances, it is always best to simply avoid potentially stressful situations.

One of the best ways to find out about sober social events happening in your area is to join a sober support or social group. If this is not an option, daily activities such as exercise classes and hobby groups are a great way to spend time doing something fun without exposure to addictive substances. Furthermore, exercise and hobbies are wonderful ways to improve your overall well-being and potentially make your road to sobriety easier.

Positivity is a Huge Part of Sticking to Your Resolution

Staying positive when working toward your sober goals can be very difficult, particularly with the emphasis Western culture places on drinking. For some, the prospect of living without substances seems boring. This concept is reinforced by the media and those around us. Yet it is fully possible to remain positive and be grateful for the second chance you have been given.

Ask your friends and family to help maintain that positivity with words of encouragement and congratulations for small victories. While it is important that you maintain a positive attitude, having the people around you share your triumphs and support your journey can only make your resolution easier.

Becoming sober this year may be a long and trying path. No one said sobriety was easy. However, you have many support systems and opportunities to make your journey simpler. Friends and family are a wonderful resource for support, love, and positivity. Be sure to be open and clear about your goals and what you need from your loved ones.

Sober social groups are likely the easiest first step in learning to have fun without substances. Of course, you also have innately sober options such as exercise classes, hobby clubs, and a number of outdoor activities that can keep you active and engaged without temptation. Find ways to be active and social without substances to stand in your way. Lastly, always stay positive and know that your goals are achievable.

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