Few things herald the arrival of summer quite like the 4th of July. This year, make sure your celebration aligns with your health and wellness goals. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day free from alcohol, and having a plan is the best way to ensure a happy and healthy 4th. These tips from the team at My 12 Step Store are a great place to start.
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Attend a Morning Meeting
Plan to head out to a morning in-person meeting on the 4th of July or enjoy one on zoom from wherever you are. By starting your day with like-minded people and reflecting on your commitment to sobriety, you’ll already be on a solid path as the day moves forward. Meetings are a good place to reach out for a little support or to offer encouragement to someone else who might be struggling. Even if you’re visiting friends and family out-of-town, you can almost always find a meeting that fits your schedule.
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Choose Your Surroundings Wisely
Just because your friends or family are throwing their traditional Independence Day barbeque doesn’t mean your attendance is mandatory. Only you know which settings are healthy for you and which are triggering. Think long and hard about the best environment for you and your sobriety, and make your plans accordingly. Check in with your sponsor or close sober support circle and share your plans. If none of your options seem healthy, feel free to host your own sober celebration, which can be incredibly rewarding.
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Even a gathering of supportive and loving friends and family can quickly become stressful and having a safe escape plan can keep you from feeling trapped. Drive yourself to the event, and you’ll know you have a guaranteed ride home if the temperature starts to rise. Just knowing you can leave if you need to can make it easier to stay calm when tensions escalate. Plus, the drive there is an opportunity to reflect on your goals and achievements, and the ride home is a chance to think about how the event went without alcohol. Nothing ruins a great gathering faster than having to wait for your ride home to sober up.
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Have a Sober Friend to Rely On
One of the biggest challenges to sobriety is stress, and celebrations can present numerous stressful scenarios. That’s especially true if you’re used to celebrating with a drink or two….or several. One of the best ways to keep an even keel is to have someone to reach out to if you find yourself feeling stressed. That can be a friend who is on their own recovery journey or a family member who always has your back. If you can find someone supportive to spend the day with, even better.
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The 4th of July is a beloved American holiday and can be a wonderful way to welcome the summer season. By taking the time to create a plan, you can enjoy this year’s festivities without undue stress. As always, the team at www.my12stepstore.com is honored to provide gifts and support to help you navigate all kinds of situations and find a path to live your very best life.