Alcohol is consumed in massive proportions around the holidays like Easter. When you are in recovery, it helps to have a sense of mindfulness when you approach the holidays where alcohol is prevalent.
Many people choose to get intoxicated around Easter, generally the night before, because it helps them cope with what is to come. Excessive drinking can lead to irresponsible, reckless behavior and also health problems. It destroys relationships, families, and friendships. People even lose their lives because of it. Bars are busy and packed the night before Easter as people drink away sorrows in the midst of feeling sad or angry around the holidays.
Easter drinking traditions and activities can wreak havoc on recovery. It can lead to blackouts and accidents for people in recovery. It is essential to create a solid plan for Easter. Preparing may include meditation and breathing techniques that change how you think about your approach to cravings, triggers, and those challenging ‘day before’ jitters. Here are some tips to help you celebrate sober this Easter:
- Prioritize self-care. Holiday gatherings take energy and can be emotionally draining. Maintain the best health possible so you can feel strong and have stamina for the journey.
- Buck tradition. Drinking and partying are in your past in recovery. Your tribe may not be, though. Don’t let this stop you from developing a new strategy in recovery. Get clear on your intention not to drink so you can stand up to anyone who tries to foist a libation your way.
- Gather with sober friends. You may have loving friends of old, but you may find they still like to drink. If you meet them for dinner, do so where you can stay away from triggers. Have plans for movies or a play so you can do something other than be around places that serve alcohol as a sole purpose.
- Plan for accountability. It helps to commit to something the next day when you know you cannot show up drunk or hungover. Take it further by committing to make coffee or bring food so people can rely on you. Make sure you have accountability to yourself.
- Practice gratitude. Expressing gratitude on Easter, or planning it for dinner talk, can help with the approach to holidays. Think of ways people have helped you and loved on you. Make a list so you can refer to the positive aspects of the holiday. Recognize why you are thankful and how you can try harder this year to do what you need to stay clean and sober.