From those ciders with a kick at Thanksgiving to the eggnog on Christmas, alcohol and holidays seem to go hand in hand. If you have recently decided to live your life on the wagon, whether you have realized that you have a substance addiction or you simply want to drop a few pounds and cutting out alcohol is a means to that end, you can, indeed, survive the holiday season without imbibing. This article will offer some suggestions on how to accomplish that goal.
Seek And Find Alcohol Free Seasonal Activities.
If you are a social butterfly during the holiday season, don’t think that you are destined to spend October through January holed up in your house. Scour the local papers for fun and festive holiday themed activities that don’t include alcohol. Enjoy a sleigh ride, visit with Santa, a pumpkin picking excursion and dry New Year’s Eve bash. You don’t need to have your holiday light dimmed this year simply because you have made the personal decision to avoid alcohol. Gather a group of your nearest and dearest to enjoy the fun, while making it clear that alcohol will not be part of the festivities.
Know Your Triggers….And Avoid Them.
If Thanksgiving at your sister’s house is so stressful every year that the only way to get through it without pulling your own out is those three glasses of win, send your regards and plan to cook your own turkey this year at home. You don’t need to get into all the reasons why you are choosing to change the usual holiday schedule this year, simply say that you are planning to enjoy a quiet holiday at home. If the office holiday party is usually a night of drinking and mayhem, bow out gracefully with an excuse of paring down your usual hectic holiday season. If you don’t choose to share your personal decision of eliminating alcohol from your life, simply avoiding the usual holiday celebrations, where alcohol is prevalent can reduce the number of triggers that come with the season.
Bring Your Own Beverages To Holiday Gatherings.
If you simply don’t want to miss out on your traditional holiday parties and celebrations this year, stock up on mixers and alcohol free beverages to enjoy. A glass of cranberry juice or sparking water will refresh you and can easily pass for an alcohol drink. Bringing your own drinks to enjoy while the other guests are partaking of alcoholic drinks has it’s benefits. It ensures that you will have a non alcoholic drink to enjoy and it can reduce the attention you garner from simply passing on the cocktails. Many people feel self conscious when not drinking alcohol at events and celebrations where they previously were the first ones at the bar. Supplying your own alcohol free drinks for the evening will reduce the effort to find something to drink that doesn’t have alcohol in it, and will reduce the amount of attention that not partaking can cause.
Rely On Your Support System.
If you are attending AA meetings, seeking council from a licensed therapist or being motivated by family support, call upon those resources during the holiday season. If you feel your resolve starting to slip, or need a boost in encouragement, rely on that support system to get you re energized and refocused on your goals. Designate a central person that you can call on in your lowest moments to cheer you on. That person should place as much importance on living a sober life as you do, and realize that the holiday season can be a trying time to put this practice into place.
Be Open And Accepting To The Change In Holiday Traditions.
If alcohol has played a strong part in your previous holiday celebrating, accept that this year will bring about a great change in the season. Whether you are coming to the realization that you have an addiction to alcohol, or you just want to reduce the amount of fattening substances you consume in your diet, this holiday season will be different than ones of years past. You will need to make changes to your holiday menu and perhaps even reduce the amount of holiday gatherings you attend. No matter how small, or how large the changes, changes are in store.
Focus On The Positive Aspects Of Celebrating The Holidays Without Alcohol.
No more hangover after the office holiday party. Less weight gain between November and January. Saving money on your holiday budget. Offering your services as designated driver on New Year’s Eve. Focusing on the positive side of avoiding alcohol during the holiday season can keep you on track and boost your self esteem during this time of year.
Getting through the holidays alcohol free can be achieved. Instead of feeling deprived or socially bereft come January second, you can actually wake up to a stronger, richer and slimmer you.