Editor’s Note – With the addiction crisis in the nation, everyone knows someone who is struggling with addiction and the holiday season can be very challenging. Recovery Centers of America, which has a resident treatment location in Cecil County in Earleville, offers the following tips on how people in recovery can cope with the stresses during this season of so-much-to-do. While these tips are geared toward those in recovery, the suggestions are valuable for all of us dealing with finding the perfect Christmas presents, family gatherings and the urge to overindulge!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
Or is it?
The holiday season provides an additional level of stress for everyone, but for those in recovery, it presents its own unique challenges. With practical tips, stress – both financial and emotional – during the holidays can go to the wayside. And who knows, with a renewed mindset, you might end of enjoying the holidays much more than you expected.
1. Enjoy the things (and people) that Make You Happy – The holidays can be full of social visits and sometimes it means seeing people who we don’t particularly enjoy spending time with and can cause us to feel lonely and isolated. Be sure to make time for friends and family that make you feel happy and loved.
2. Laugh – Laughter is the best medicine. It improves blood flow and keeps tension levels low. If you are feeling stressed, set the DVR to record some classic holiday comics and shake your belly like a bowl full of jelly.
3. Get Outside – Wander through the fallen leaves or snow and explore the sights and smells around you. Take deep breaths of clean, fresh air in, and out to blow out that toxic energy.
4. Move Past Your Cravings – Did you know that a craving lasts only a few short minutes? Should a craving or temptation for food or drink set in, move to a new area of the room or step outside for some fresh air, change the topic of conversation or take some deep breaths and you’ll be surprised how quickly that urge passes.
5. Plan Ahead – Know where you’re going and who will be there. If you’re not completely comfortable, politely decline and make other plans. Find family and friends who share the journey of your recovery and create your own fun.
Recovery isn’t always jolly but by following these tips you may find there are ways to enjoy the holidays. So go ahead and be merry!
To find help for someone struggling with addiction, contact Recovery Centers of America at 1-855-447-1147.