A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 1

A Sober Living Guide for the Holidays Part 1

The winter holidays are supposed to be a magical time of year. However, they can pose extra challenges if you’re trying to live sober. 

Learn how to celebrate the holidays without risking your recovery.  The holidays are just a few weeks a year. You can handle them and here are some tips to help. 

Minimizing Holiday Stress:

  1. Anticipate triggers. Plan ahead for situations that may tempt you to want a drink. You’re more likely to make sound decisions if you avoid getting caught by surprise. Be prepared for social pressure and strong emotions.

  2. Watch your budget. Marathon shopping and credit card bills can cause financial strain. Figure out how much you can spend on entertaining and gifts and live within your limits.

  3. Enjoy nature. Set aside time for outdoor fun like ice skating and sledding. Go for a brisk walk and admire the snow.

  4. Work out. Physical activity is a great way to relax and burn off extra calories. Give yourself an early present of online fitness classes.

  5. Sleep well. You’re calmer and more resilient when your mind and body get adequate sleep. Stick to your regular bedtime. Turn off the TV and other devices at least 2 hours before retiring.

  6. Eat healthily. Proper nutrition provides energy and a sense of overall wellness. Plan your meals and snacks, so you get plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy fats, and lean protein. If you love holiday treats like candy and pie, limit the serving sizes.

  7. Take a trip. A change of scenery might help. Treat yourself to a holiday vacation that will allow you to feel pampered and avoid situations that may be too demanding at this stage in your recovery.

  8. Attend extra meetings. If programs like AA have become part of your regular routine, check the calendar to find additional meetings and events to help you through the holiday season. You may also want to try them for the first time if you want extra support.

Be merry and sober this holiday season. The occasions you celebrate without alcohol may wind up being more meaningful and memorable.

Many blessings

Coach Dee

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