The holidays bring about a flurry of activity. From planning for family visits and celebrations to navigating party invites, gifts, and year-end deadlines, it can be a lot to manage. When you’re in recovery, this can mean increased temptations and stress that can challenge your commitment to sobriety. Sticking to a routine can help you to keep moving forward and enjoy the holidays without sacrificing the progress you’ve made.
Routines provide predictability and structure: You know what to expect and what you will be doing each day. This can make it easier to deal with surprises. Having a sense of routine can be very calming and keep you grounded.
Routines ensure you continue making time for work, class, meetings, and activities: Add support group meetings, yoga class, or surf lessons to your schedule so that you can plan around them rather than making them an afterthought. Your recovery should still be a priority, especially when life gets hectic.
Routines reduce downtime: Having too much unstructured time can increase your risk for relapse. Planning ahead and having a routine allows you to minimize these gaps and give yourself something productive to do. You’ll know what parties or events you have when and can prepare yourself accordingly.
You’ll probably find that sticking to a routine also helps you to keep stress in check because you’re not scrambling to find what you need or figure out what’s happening. You can approach each day with a sense of purpose and determination. The holidays don’t have to be a whirlwind of activity if you take them in stride and decide what is best for you. Seacliff Recovery Center can help you develop the skills and strategies you need to solidify your recovery while still enjoying all that life has to offer. From detox through outpatient care and sober living, Seacliff provides comprehensive care to support you in achieving your goals and building a brighter future.
Do you need additional support in recovery during the holidays? Contact Seacliff to learn more about how outpatient treatment can help.