We had a great workshop yesterday, dealing with “Getting Through the Holidays with Abstinence and Gratitude.” A lot of great coping skills were shared by the program’s organizers and by the participants. Unfortunately, when I’m in the middle of a situation that challenges my abstinence, I sometimes forget about those coping skills, so I took some notes…
Here are just some of the suggestions I heard yesterday – Remember, take what you need and leave the rest:
- “Phone a friend” – Call or text a fellow for support, for accountability, or even just to vent.
- “No” is a complete sentence, or “No, thank you” if you want to be more polite. 😉
(You don’t have to explain why you don’t want something)
- It doesn’t matter if no one else understands our issues with food. All that matters is that WE get it!
- Bring your own food or meal.
- Take advantage of supporters (friends or family) at events with you. Allow them to help you or “run interference” for you if necessary.
- Find out what food will be available in advance, if possible and plan accordingly.
- Check out all of what will be served BEFORE you start filling your plate. Make a plan, and commit it to a sponsor or fellow
- Take a picture of your plate and send it to your sponsor or a fellow, for accountability.
- Don’t go – do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Not putting yourself in a harmful environment is a viable option
If you were at the workshop and you heard something I missed, please share in the comments! Also, do YOU have any strategies for maintaining your abstinence through the holidays? Please share them in the comments. You never know what little tidbit you share can mean the world to someone else.
Happy Holidays Y’all!