Not everyone looks forward to the holiday season. Some don’t find the family gatherings, festive parties, shopping, cooking and decorating enjoyable. It may be because they have had bad experiences during the holidays, or they don’t have family and friends to celebrate with during this time.
Rather than seeing the last months of the year as bright and festive and fun, it can be a dark period for some. For someone struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, or for someone in the early stages of recovery, it can be difficult to find ways to make it manageable. Here at Legacy Freedom Treatment Center of Raleigh, we want everyone to be able to experience happiness during this season.
Here are eight ways that you can find joy this holiday season. Is someone in your family searching for drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC? Legacy Freedom can help! Call today to learn more about our Raleigh rehab treatment options.
Getting Your Holiday Joy Back
1. Decide what makes you happy and do it.
Some people like to have ugly Christmas sweater parties and others like to stay at home and catch holiday movies on the Hallmark channel. You may like to drive around to look at Christmas lights or volunteer to help at a food bank. Some find joy in going to church over the holidays. Decide what will make you happy. It doesn’t matter if it’s a “traditional” holiday event; make it your holiday tradition by starting this year.
2. Take time to reflect.
If you have bad experiences associated with the holidays, take time to reflect on them. Allow yourself to experience the sadness and grief. It can help you learn to let go of the pain. Talk to people you care about and ask for extra support during this time. Don’t turn to unhealthy vices in order to cope.
If you do feel you can’t deal with the stress of the holiday season and have the urge to turn to drugs or alcohol, call us at Legacy Freedom. We have counselors waiting to talk to you about our options for drug and alcohol rehab in Raleigh NC. You do not have to struggle alone this holiday season. We are here to help you stay on track so that you can go into the new year with your sobriety intact.
3. Don’t forget what matters.
Sometimes people expect a lot from the holiday season and are disappointed when it’s all over. They may spend a lot of time and money on decorating, going to parties and buying presents, then feel let down when the season ends. Instead of focusing on buying things for family and friends, remember that the best gift is time spent with them. That’s not to say you can show up empty handed, but try to enjoy the time you get with them, not just the presents you exchange.
4. Surround yourself with people you care about.
The holidays often mean spending time with family or friends you don’t particularly want to see, and it’s okay to feel that way. If you don’t have to go to Aunt Sally’s house and put up with the family you have nothing in common with, then don’t go. If you do go, remember that you don’t have to stay long. Drop in and out like Santa. If there are people you want to see and the holidays are the only time to do it, invite them over for a separate event, such as a day after Christmas brunch. Who says you can’t start a new tradition?
5. Look for ways to be social.
If you don’t have many friends or family nearby, the holidays can be lonely. Take up a new social hobby so you can be around people. You can also reach out to a volunteer group or a nonprofit in order to help out with events during the season. There are also social groups online like meetup.com where you can sign up for groups based on shared interests. You may end up making friends you’ll have beyond the holidays.
6. Don’t try to do too much.
Much of the stress of the holidays comes from trying to do too much in a short period of time. Shopping, decorating and going to parties on top of all the regular responsibilities you have can leave you exhausted. You don’t have to go to every party you are invited to, and you don’t have to buy presents for everyone in your life. If decorating your house is stressful, opt for doing something simple. Decide what is most important and do those things instead of what you may feel obligated to do because of tradition.
7. Take a break.
Schedule something special for yourself during the holidays. Go get a massage once all of your decorations are up. Get a mani/pedi after you’ve bought that last Christmas present. Plan to sneak away to see a movie one afternoon. Give yourself the gift of being kind to you, which is something many people forget to do because they’re so busy thinking of others. Don’t feel guilty about it. You deserve it.
8. Know your triggers.
For those who associate the holidays with drinking or doing drugs, it can be difficult to look forward to the season without the help of those crutches. Plan ahead to avoid triggers that may make you want to reach for a drink or a drug. Go to extra group meetings if you attend them, or ask for extra support from your mentor if you have one. You can also call Legacy of Raleigh, NC. We’re here to help you get through the holidays and maintain your sobriety.
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