The following is a collaboration piece that was sent to me with some great ways to help you to stay sober through the holidays.
The holidays are a time to socialize, to celebrate with friends and family. These celebrations often mean drinking, which can be tough when you’re sober. Aside from the temptation to drink, there’s also the feeling of being left out somehow, which can be hard to deal with during an already difficult time of year for some. The good news is that you’re certainly not alone, and there are things you can do to avoid the holiday blues and stay sober this Christmas. Read more about coping with sobriety around the holidays for your best celebration yet.
Increase your support around the holidays
The holidays can be a difficult time, especially if you’re already going through something such as family or financial problems, a break-up or grief. Surrounding yourself with people can be a good way to make it through, but it can also lead to temptation in typical holiday social occasions. Some people choose to visit a sober living facility in the lead up to the holidays, which can help you with your recovery at a difficult time of year. As the holiday season begins, seek extra support from your sponsor, go to a meeting or talk to someone you trust about any anxiety you’re feeling. Knowing there’s someone there at the end of the phone can be a big help to help you cope at this time of year.
Make plenty of non-drinking plans
While office parties and get-togethers with friends often involve drinking at this time of year, there are also plenty of ways you can socialize without needing a drink to enjoy it. Go ice skating, explore Christmas markets, watch Christmas movies together and simply enjoy each other’s company while getting in the festive mood. There are a lot of activities you can do together, including for New Year’s that don’t have to involve a drop of alcohol.
Spend time around children
Children are what Christmas is all about, and you can really get into the holiday spirit by surrounding yourself with children. From taking them caroling to visiting Santa, there are tonnes of great activities to enjoy with children that can really make you feel a part of the celebrations and where drinking won’t even enter your mind. Children make the holidays fun and magical, so soak up that excitement this Christmas.
Help others in need
While it can be easy to focus on your own mood and what you’re feeling during the holidays, remember that there are plenty of other people in need too. Volunteering can be a fantastic way to take your mind off things, and helps you to give back and help others who need support at this time of year. You could support others who have chosen to be sober, help at soup kitchens and shelters or even volunteer at a children’s hospital. There are a lot of ways to volunteer and do good during the holidays so keep yourself busy and enjoy the feeling of giving back.
Christmas is a difficult time of year sober, but by being smart and keeping yourself busy you’ll be able to enjoy it like everyone else. By focusing on your health and finding other ways to be happy, the holidays will soon start to take on a whole new meaning. Put your plan in place to make it through the holidays and it’ll be a shiny bright new year before you know it.