Being in recovery during the holidays can be extremely challenging as stress and pressure mount and start to put a strain on your sobriety. One of the best ways to get through the season is to be mindful and present as much as possible. When you’re able to focus on what’s going on around you, the cravings and urges to drink or use drugs quiets down in comparison. Here are some tips to get you started on mindfulness, helping you stay sober along the way.
Prioritize Self-Care and Compassion
It’s easy to forget about taking care of yourself when you’re worried about getting through various gatherings, dinner parties and gift exchanges with your loved ones. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and feeding yourself regularly. Exercise is another key part of self-care that helps get rid of excess energy that can fuel intrusive thoughts or steal your focus. Not only that, but taking care of yourself can greatly improve your mood and make it easier to enjoy the holiday festivities!
Avoid Old Habits and Triggers
There’s something to be said about holiday traditions, but that doesn’t mean everything you do this time of year needs to be the same. This is especially true if you’re in recovery as many of these old routines can quickly trigger cravings due to the connections your brain has with substance abuse and specific activities. Instead, try out a new tradition and get others on board! Having a project to tackle as a team can help you be mindful of your actions.
Expand Your Support System
No matter how much we enjoy the holidays, they always come with extra emotional weight, even if it’s from positive emotions. To give yourself the support needed to be able to engage and stay present, start by letting go of judgment towards yourself and those around you. You’ll worry less about the little things and avoid conflict that could lead to added stress and make drugs or alcohol more appealing than they are. The next step is to surround yourself with loved ones who support your recovery and want what’s best for you. They can be there for you when needed or find ways you can help out and stay busy when you need a minute away from the action.
Remember To Keep ARC in Mind
It doesn’t matter where you are in your recovery, sometimes the holiday season is just too much to handle on your own. That’s why America’s Rehab Campus is open every day of the year, and anyone who needs help is welcome through our doors. Our mission is to help you get back to enjoying your life, free from dependence on drugs or alcohol.
It’s always the right time to start treatment when you’re battling addiction. To get help for yourself or a loved one, we encourage you to contact our team of recovery specialists today.