Holidays are one of the most difficult times for many people, not just those in recovery. When you’re in recovery, there are a lot of things that can lead you to stress: meeting with the family, having to go shopping, and more. Here are some tips to keep you calm, cool, and collected during the holiday season.
Make Time for Yourself
Socialization can be exhausting. Moreover, you need some time to think about things and be introspective. Make sure to make some time for yourself every day to be away from other people and think about how you’re feeling. Sometimes we can lose control over how we feel if we aren’t actively thinking about it.
Get the Rest You Need
A lack of rest can play havoc on your mind and your emotions. Holidays are busy, often involving long periods of travel, meeting with people you haven’t seen in a long time, and — of course — shopping. First and foremost, you need to protect yourself. Get the rest that your body needs and don’t forget about how great naps can be!
Make Time for Your Sponsor
Your sponsor understands what you’re going through. They may be going through their own holiday issues as well. If you find yourself needing someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to connect with your sponsor. They know that this is a difficult time. You may want to schedule a check-in with your sponsor in advance if you know that it’s going to be difficult. Have a 12 meeting Schedule for where ever you may be with an idea when meetings are when you need to attend.
Have an Exit Plan
Finally, if your family and friends aren’t supportive of your recovery, remember: you don’t need to be around them if you don’t want to be. It is OK to say “no.” It is OK just to leave. You don’t need to explain anything at all. Always have an exit plan in case you need to go, even if it’s something as simple as setting up an Uber account so you aren’t left waiting on a ride.
The holidays should be a joyous occasion, but they can be packed full of stress. Planning ahead can help alleviate some of this stress, but don’t feel bad if you still feel it — it’s perfectly natural. For more information, visit My 12 Step Store.