Holiday Stress & Relapse
The holidays always seem so fun and exciting when they are aways off. But sometimes when the days of holiday events get closer, we find ourselves feeling more and more stressed about the things we need to do, bring, wear, say, etc. Sometimes its just stressful getting it all done. For some people its a fun time filled with family and gifts, good food and fun activities. However, as we get older and get more responsibilities, and as the holidays get closer, the holidays can trigger both good and bad forms of stress and emotions. Some people cope with stress by turning to food and indulging so much they may gain weight during the holidays. Others may turn to increased alcohol consumption or drug abuse to handle the burdens they feel are placed on them. Stress is also one of the leading causes of alcohol and/or drug relapse. In fact, whether it’s due to increased stress or parties, alcohol and drug use are often intensified during the holidays, especially on Christmas and New Year’s.
Below are ten preventative things from drugabuse.com to prevent relapse during the holidays or during any stressful time.:
Create a Plan
Ask a Sober Friend to be On-Call
Bring a Non-Drinking Holiday Buddy With You
Bring Your Own Drinks
Decide on a Response
Be Smart About Which Events to Attend
Remember There Are Other Ways to Celebrate
Limit Your Time Around Triggers
Tell Those You Trust That You’re in Recovery
Finding outlets for stress can be vital to surviving the holidays without drug or alcohol abuse. Most importantly, if individuals feel overwhelmed, they should ask for help. Taking the time to connect with other people who are willing to offer support can lessen stress during the holidays.