We’re halfway through December and steamrolling into the festive period. This time of year can be difficult for a lot of people – especially those who are trying to keep on top of their recovery journey. Which is why we’re here to help and guide you through!
We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help anyone who needs support and a little pep-talk to get them through the season. Check our Facebook for daily videos, or carry on reading below.
1. Take it easy! Don’t forget to eat well, exercise regularly and, most importantly, keep up your recovery routine. Take it a day at a time – it’s only 24 hours and then that’s another day under your belt!
2. Make a list of people to call If things get difficult – at least 5 names – and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you may need to use it.
3. Avoid conflict. A great thing about Christmas is enjoying time with family, friends, and loved-ones. However, conflict and disagreements are common. If you feel conflict brewing, remove yourself from the situation as to not stress yourself out and trigger destructive behaviours which may compromise your recovery.
4. Always have someone to speak to. Whether it’s someone else in recovery or someone that understands what you’re going through. It’s good to talk and seek support – especially if you feel yourself slipping.
5. Nostalgia. It’s fun to talk about the old times, but it can also be damaging. If you haven’t seen your friends and family for some time they may talk about events in your life where you were under the influence, and this may make you want to reach for substances ‘for old time’s sake’. Be strong, remove yourself from the situation/conversation and remember you have control over your craving.
6. Plan ahead. Make a relapse-prevention plan and try to stick to it.
7. Don’t hide away and isolate yourself. Try not to listen to music which stirs negative emotions in you. Surround yourself with as many positive and supportive people as you can.
8. Complete a daily gratitude diary to keep your spirits up.
9. Be wary of ‘old haunts’. Create a new haunt, and new memories, with others in recovery.
10. Don’t be tempted to “test yourself”. You’ve done really well! Is it a risk worth taking?
11. When everything seems like an uphill struggle, think of the view from the top. Envisage it and keep going!
12. Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful day!