Being a sober mom in recovery is a celebratory event in itself. With so much pressure on moms to succumb to “mommy wine culture,” recovery can be a challenge. To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, it’s important to take a look at the things that matter most to you. You can celebrate any holiday without wine, alcohol, or drugs; you just may need to do some planning if you are new in your recovery.
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Keep Your Motivation in Mind
If your children are your motivation to stay sober, remember this on Mother‘s Day and beyond. Discover new ways to celebrate this special day. Pay attention to what triggers you and avoid situations that might lead you to want a drink. Children are a strong motivator to maintain your recovery. It is easy to forget why you are sober when you lose your focus.
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Plan an Activity With Family
You can plan to go out to dinner with family or a simple walk to the park. If you are concerned about going somewhere because of temptation, plan something else. If necessary, let your family know that you are committed to your recovery and don’t want to be tempted. If you are newly sober it can be difficult for friends and family to understand what you are going through.
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Take a Day for Yourself
If being around other people is too much for you this Mother’s Day, plan a day for yourself instead. You could go for a massage, head to the movies, or spend time getting a facial. Anything that makes you happy should be considered when it is Mother’s Day, and you are working on staying sober. Recovery is something to celebrate, and you should not have to feel stressed about your sobriety during a celebration for you.
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Being sober will often mean explaining to those around you about the changes you have made in your life. Not everyone will understand why you are sober, but this is a journey you are taking for yourself. Pay attention to those that support you and get support from members of the community through meetings as needed. You can heal your life and stay sober this Mother’s Day, but it is easier if you plan for the day and avoid triggers.