Here are some tips on how to enjoy a sober holiday season.
- Practice an attitude of gratitude. Throw out your resentments! Be thankful for the gifts you have received -- food, clothing and shelter, family and friends, your health and welfare. Appreciate the little things in life -- birds on the wire, the scent of pine, a white poinsettia, children playing.
- Remember it's the first drink that gets you drunk. Try ginger ale -- you may enjoy it!
- Think, think, think...about your surroundings, about your behavior, about the consequences of drinking in the given circumstance -- before you indulge.
- You are not alone--use the telephone, make an escape plan. If Plan A is an anxiety provoking situation, always have a Plan B. Text or call a friend, make sure you know how to get out of a difficult situation.
- HALT -- don't be too hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Don't let the busy-ness of the season overtake you. Remember to eat, sleep, and communicate your feelings to be merry!
- Stay away from places or gatherings that could mean trouble. It's totally okay to say no or leave early.
- Trying to please everyone is a sure-fire formula for failure.
- Have fun! Take time to celebrate your life.