The holiday seasons can feel like an eternity for someone in recovery. While the endless social events, many of which include drinking, may seem over-the-top, there are ways to cope and even have fun!
Here are some ideas to stay sober, safe and have fun:
- Change your mindset. Instead of thinking about all of the things you “can’t” do, think about all the things you “can” do because you’ve committed to a sober lifestyle. For example, write down a list of things that you can do now that you’re sober. You sleep better, you exercise, you feel better, you practice yoga, you’re in better shape, you look better, etc.
- Spend quality time with family and friends that support your sobriety. Try to minimize the face time with people that don’t make you feel good. Instead, make a concerted effort to spend quality time with those you actually like or love.
- Get into the spirit of the season. There are lots of holiday related activities that don’t include drinking. For example, get some friend together and watch holiday movies, have a dance party to holiday tunes, attend holiday themed concerts, volunteer at a local shelter, cook, shop till you drop, decorate your home, make cookies, decorate a gingerbread house, get your nails or hair done, or sip some hot cocoa.
Overall, remember to look for the silver lining. In a week, a month, or a year, the holiday event will be just a memory. You can be proud you went, you interacted, and you stayed sober. Life becomes a series of memories, so do your best to find ways to enjoy it!