The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder. Winter is just around the corner. The Holiday Season is coming up, and if you are in your early recovery stages, this can be a very crucial time for you. Think back to last Halloween. What were you doing? Then think about Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. Come January 2, 2017 you may have conquered a very dangerous foe. The urge to drink and use during the Holidays is especially strong. It is imperative that you stay focused on the long term. What are your goals? Season’s Greetings is temporary. The habits you build now can shape your life and livelihood for good. Associating with people who share the same goals as you can be extremely helpful in the recovery process. Get your fellow meeting attendees phone numbers and plan some activities together! Here are some ways to Stay Sober this Holiday Season:
Get Outside– Going outdoors is a great way to take your mind off of your addiction and release some positive energy and endorphins that help maintain a healthy outlook on life. Enjoy nature! Go on a short hike with fellow members from your program to enjoy good clean sober fellowship and get the good vibes going your way.
Amusement Parks– Disneyland, Knott’s, LEGOLAND and Six Flags are all within reasonable driving distance from South Orange County! Pick one or two and have a blast riding roller coasters or just have some good old fashion fun this holiday season. If you have an annual pass to one or more of these parks, the blackout days are generally only during the two weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year’s and two days for Thanksgiving. Bring a friend from the program and enjoy a day of fun with people who share your goals.
Spice It Up!– Hey if you’re trying to ween off drinking Peppermint Schnapps, try a nice Peppermint Mocha from your favorite coffee shop. The holidays are full of different Java flavors and recipes that you might even try at home. Invite some friends over and have a cozy afternoon by the fire during your time off. Enjoy the time with your family, treat your kids to some ice cream and relax before getting back to the grind at the start of the New Year.
Tips for Avoiding Holiday Depression
It is a widespread myth that suicide is more common during the Holidays. Springtime holds that record. However you can be robbed of a good time and much deserved time off of work if you become depressed. Family pressures, holiday buying and other holiday hazards can leave you feeling down. Here are a few tips to turn that frown upside down:
Plan Ahead– You never know what the Holidays will bring. Unexpected visits, a new toy that’s a must buy, a friend needs a loan? It’s best to plan for the unexpected. You’ll be glad you did. It’s better to expect the best and plan for the worst, than the other way around. Planning ahead can greatly reduce the impact of stress, the amount of it, and can help you avoid any bouts with depression that the holidays may bring. Try to keep a positive attitude despite unforeseen changes in your plans over the holiday season. It’s best to stay mentally prepared for things to go outside of your control, especially during the hectic holiday season.
Get Some Rest– People run themselves completely ragged during the Holiday Season. You might not even notice you’re tired until Jan. 2nd. By then it’s too late and you’re back to work. You need to actually sit down and schedule some time to sleep. Your health is more important than gift wrapping. Sleep deprivation is one of the leading causes of depression. Of course you don’t want to oversleep. A good and healthy balance of sleep can do wonders for depression-based symptoms and help you recharge for each day during the holiday season.
Nobody’s Perfect– Speaking of gift wrap, if it’s off by a quarter of an inch, don’t worry! Don’t try to be a superhero. You cannot be all things to all people. Forget being perfect and delegate! Got kids? Put them to good use gift wrapping. Need cookies baked? Aunt Edna, you’re up! You need a support system and its okay to let others know that you need help. Don’t be afraid to speak up. Stay positive!
Phoenix Rising Can Help
We at Phoenix Rising Behavioral recommend an increase in meeting attendance and surrounding yourself with clean and sober fellowship. While at the meetings we can arrange activities as hiking, visiting the local pumpkin patch, christmas tree lot, bowling, movies, theme parks, etc. Have questions about our programs? Call us Today- (877) 299-5694