Family gatherings, while wonderful, can be a difficult time to get through if you’ve recently entered addiction recovery; they come with so many responsibilities, worries, and stresses, and there’s often so little time to do anything else that many of us neglect our own health and well-being. This can have detrimental impacts on your sobriety, so it’s important to reach out for help when you need it.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to beat stress and maintain your sober status no matter what has brought your family together; with a little planning and preparation, you can ensure your time with your loved ones is fun-filled and substance-free. Here are a few of the best tips for doing just that.
Boost your mood
Family events are full of memory-making and laughter, but they can also be difficult for many people when stress or depression set in. Be proactive and take charge where your mood is concerned by stepping outside and soaking up some vitamin D, which can help lift your spirits. Even better, take a half hour every day to get in some exercise. Taking a brisk walk around the block will get your heart rate up and boost your self-esteem, and it can also help motivate you when your days are long and full.