Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.
Identifying life goals is the heart of the recovery process. When we see a future for ourselves, we begin to become motivated to do all we can to reach that future. Goals can be big or small, depending on where you are in your recovery journey.
- What motivates me?
- What interests me?
- What would I do more if I could?
- What do I want?
- What do I care about, or what did I care about before my illness?
- Where do I want my life to go?
- What brings me joy?
- What are my dreams and hopes?
It can help to start small and work up to larger goals. You might want to begin by setting one small goal for yourself at the beginning of each day. As you move forward with your recovery, look at the different areas of your life and think about your short and long term goals.
Possible Short Term Goals
- Be out of bed by xx:00 am.
- Finish one household chore.
Possible Long Term Goals
- Get training or experience for a job.
- Change a living situation, e.g., find an apartment.
- Build a relationship with a friend or family member.
Remember to break your goals down into small steps at first. A goal such as "move to a new city" can be difficult to visualize and plan all at once. Ask yourself what you need to do first. What can you do now that will help you eventually reach this goal? Not only will this help move you closer to your goal, but it will also help give you a positive feeling of accomplishment.