Stress is one of the precursors to relapse. Unfortunately the holidays can be stressful for anyone, and for those struggling to stay sober it can be even more so. But have no fear… you can avoid stress during the holidays with these stress relief tips!
Hold Fast To Your Recovery Program
If you begin to feel the tug or temptation to return to the old ways – that is the time to hold fast to your recovery program. Avoid situations and behaviors that can increase your risk for relapse and sabotage your sobriety. Remember that staying in recovery is not just a physical thing, but it is also a psychological and a spiritual commitment. Overcoming stress and anxiety will go a long way in keeping the harmony in your sobriety.
Be Aware of the Moment
Family drama, heated discussions and arguments, rushing to meet deadlines, even making plans can create a certain amount of stress, tension and anxiety that can cause you to mentally drift to the thought that just one drink or one time using drugs can calm your nerves. Push the thought out of your mind. Keeping the conversation on topics that are inspiring and peaceful – especially during the holidays – will keep you centered on the positive and away from the negative!
Be A Generous Giver
We’re not talking money here! The holiday season is a time of family gatherings and catching up on what’s happening in loved one’s lives and giving a listening ear and a smile is one of the best ways to enjoy the company of others. Be a generous giver of your time by helping to prepare the meal, setting the table, or participate in the clean-up afterwards.
Not planning to see family for the holidays? No worries! Consider volunteering your time to a local charity, food bank, or shelter. The point is that if you are feeling anxiety and stress about spending the holidays alone; find a way to change that by giving back to the community.
The Key to a Happy Holiday Season is Balance
For the person in recovery, navigating the holiday parties and making it to the New Year with your sobriety intact will leave enough to worry about. The key to a happy holiday (and successful) season is to find balance. It is possible that you may feel at times that you are out of your element, but if you take a deep breath, remember your recovery commitment, lean on understanding friends for support and keep a peaceful attitude – you will make it!
Lara Schuster writes for Gallus Medical Detox Centers. Gallus provides safe drug and alcohol detox with customized IV therapy to comfortably alleviate withdrawal symptoms and patients are monitored 24/7 by ICU level nurses. This proven method was developed by Dr. Patrick Gallus after 15-plus years as an emergency room physician caring for alcohol and drug addicted patients. Gallus Medical Detox Centers features upscale private rooms, HDTV, Wi-Fi and personal massage. Patient confidentiality is always protected.
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