Ways to Stick to Sobriety During the Holidays
The holidays are here, and the next week will likely not be easy for some people. This year has adversely hit nearly every demographic across the globe. The pandemic has forced many to cancel holiday plans leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness during this otherwise festive time.
If you have committed to sobriety or are looking to stay sober during the holiday season, there are several things you can do.
- Focus on your self. Now is the time to be selfish with self-care. Be mindful of your triggers and be responsible with your time. Consider healthy alternatives like getting in some exercise. Walking or hiking outside is one of the safest activities you can do during the pandemic and may help you maintain your sobriety.
- Reach out. If you are unsure about how to cope during the holidays, reach out for support. The pandemic has left many without their normal in-person support systems, but they are there. Call, facetime, zoom, text – technology has made it easier for you to stay connected when you need it most.
- Remove temptation. If you have alcohol in the house that serves as a welcome invitation, it may be best to give it to a neighbor or family member or simply dump it out. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to resist if it is easily accessible.
- Eat and drink healthy. The holidays do not have to be about gluttonous indulgence. Feel good about yourself by choosing healthy foods and drinking plenty of water. Choosing sobriety may take a complete change in your lifestyle; why not consider making other changes that can only benefit you in the long-term.
No matter how you celebrate the holidays, if you choose to drink, never get behind the wheel of a car. Driving under the influence results in a large number of preventable deaths on American roadways each year. Make the choice to save a life by not drinking and driving.