Member Survey Member Login
Navigation Menu Search

Enjoying a Happy Holiday Season

Enjoying a Happy Holiday Season

December 11, 2017

For many, the holiday season is a time of joy with family and friends. But for some, it can be an extremely difficult time filled with stress and anxiety. Holidays can often stir up emotions, “old” issues, and unrealistic expectations, all of which can either trigger a relapse for those in recovery, or be a catalyst for the “holiday blues.” However, by developing a holiday plan, it is possible to manage triggers and symptoms. Below are some suggestions, along with helpful websites, for having a happy and healthy holiday season:

  • Self-Care: Remember to slow down. Plan relaxation and meditation into your day, even for a few minutes, no matter how busy you are. Relax your standards and reduce overwhelming demands and responsibilities.

Suggestion: http://quietmindcafe.com

  • Don’t Overindulge: Be aware of your intake of holiday sweets and follow a balanced diet. Monitor your intake of caffeine, nicotine, and sugar. Exercise regularly to help maintain your energy level amid a busier schedule. Don’t try to do too much. Get plenty of sleep.

Suggestion: https://healthyforgood.heart.org/eat-smart

  • Enhance your Support System: The holidays are a good time to reach out more frequently to your family and friends. If you’re in recovery, spend time with fellow recovering people. Let others help you realize your personal limits. Learn to say “no” in a way that is comfortable for you.

Suggestion: https://psychcentral.com/lib/10-way-to-build-and-preserve-better-boundaries/

  • Find New Ways to Celebrate: Create some new symbols and rituals that will help redefine a joyful holiday season. You might host a holiday gathering for friends and/or attend holiday celebrations. Avoid isolation and spend time with people you like.

Suggestion: Monthly MEND Peer Support Group; 212-366-7590 or MEND@nyccbf.org.

  • Release Resentments: Resentment has been described as allowing a person you dislike to live in your head, rent-free. Resentments that gain steam during the holidays can be disastrous for anyone, especially recovering people.

Suggestion: https://tinybuddha.com/blog/4-powerful-tips-to-reduce-resentment-and-feel-happier/

If you or an eligible dependent is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the MEND Program at (212) 366-7590 or by email at MEND@nyccbf.org.