It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The malls are crowded and, the internet is being flooded by millions of people ordering gifts for their loved ones. Giving gifts to others is a wonderful way to let someone know you appreciate them but, what about you? Giving yourself sober gifts can help to keep you on track and stay focused on your recovery.
The Gift of Staying on Track
It’s so easy to lose track of time. Hours, days and even weeks can start to blend together and suddenly, we lose sight of what we need or want to do. Instead of just adding something to your calendar on your phone, consider investing a little bit of money in one of these day planners. Not only do they help to keep you on schedule but, they are focused helping you figure out your goals/passions and place the focus and how to attain them. Before you know it, your end of year goal to could turn into your 6-month success!
The Gift of Gratitude:
In the age of technology, we are all looking for that quick way to connect. Whether it’s a text that says thank you or an email to say I’m sorry, we forget how much getting a hand-written letter in the mail can mean. Consider getting yourself custom stationary. It’s a gift for you that keeps on giving!
The Gift of Surprise
Speaking of receiving something in the mail, wouldn’t it be great to receive a box of all of your favorite things! There are so many options on the market when it comes to monthly subscription boxes, you can pick the one that caters to your love of beauty, fitness, comic books, or even an escape crate. That’s right! What could be cooler than getting a box of puzzles and codes to unlock the crate? It can feel like the holidays all year long!
The Gift of Health
With 2017 ending and 2018 beginning, the most popular new year’s resolution is getting healthier. Luckily, no matter what your budget, the options are limitless. Joining your nearby gym can be a great way to not only get fit but, make new connections with other who have the same health goals as you. Not ready to spend the money on a monthly membership? YouTube channels like BeFit, Muscle & Strength, and Fitness Blender, are free and easy to do at home with little or no weights!
The Gift of Relaxation
Whether we like it or not, stress seems to find a way into our lives. Like they say in Frozen, we just need to “Let it Go!” One of the best ways to do that is to go for a massage! Studies show that a one-hour massage can increase serotonin and dopamine levels resulting in an over all feeling of calm. It can also lower your heart rate and decrease cortisol and insulin levels. So, if you’re looking to get healthier and reduce stress, a monthly massage may be just what the doctor ordered. Not sure you can afford to go to the lux day spa nearby? Try a massage school in your area and help one of the students get some great practice on you for a fraction of the price!
As the saying goes, it is better to give than to receive but, it never hurts to spoil yourself a little!
Author: Lisa Musialowicz – Footprints to Recovery, Alumni Coordinator