As the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafts through the air, it’s hard to imagine starting the day without that beloved cup of Joe. But
The holidays can be stressful even when you’re sober. You’ve got to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and you’ve got to balance work obligations with family obligations.
But if you’re not drinking, all of that stress is replaced by something else: gratitude for every moment of the holiday season.
As you re-evaluate your alcohol consumption and the way it affects your life, you may find that being sober is the best thing for everyone.
You’ll be able to enjoy yourself more and have more energy to keep up with friends, family, and activities.
And once they see how much fun they can have without alcohol around, they’ll realize how much better it is to be around sober people without feeling like they’re drinking their lives away every time there’s an event or holiday.
So, go ahead – take that vacation with your friends!
You can all hang out together without any awkwardness about who needs to drive home in which car afterward.
Or maybe even stay up all day at home playing board games instead of going out for brunch (which will always end too soon).
Whatever trip or outing you decide on this year, just make sure there’s no alcohol involved.
I’ve had my fair share of hangovers. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good night out as much as the next person but sometimes you can have too much fun and it doesn’t always end well.
Hangovers are the worst thing that can happen to your body after drinking alcohol excessively.
They’re basically like an earthquake for your brain, except instead of destroying everything around you it just makes everything more difficult to deal with on top of making you feel miserable and sick.
There’s no denying that a hangover will affect your mood and energy levels negatively which means that even if you did want to do something fun during your sober holiday, all this negativity and exhaustion means it probably won’t end up being very enjoyable anyway!
As a sober person, you are probably more aware than ever that life is precious and fleeting.
You don’t want to waste it on meaningless activities, or worse yet, rely on substances to “have fun.”
But when you’re among family and friends who aren’t sober, it can be hard not to feel like the outsider—like something is missing because alcohol isn’t involved.
This is why I believe sober holidays are so important: they give us an opportunity to create new memories without the crutch of intoxication.
And while my children were very young when we first implemented them in our home (they’re now eight and six), I do think they’ve benefited from spending so much time with me as my best self rather than as some version of myself that’s altered by alcohol or other drugs.
Here’s the thing: For many people, the holidays are a time to drink. And while that can be fun, it also means that there’s an increased chance of you embarrassing yourself or someone else.
Maybe you’ll say something inappropriate or offensive to your family members; maybe you’ll stumble into a wall and fall flat on your face with an open bottle of booze in hand;
maybe you’ll find yourself getting into a heated argument with someone over politics or religion (this one is my personal favorite).
Whatever happens, we’ve all been there—it’s happened to everyone at some point during the holiday season.
But when you’re sober, those things don’t happen anymore! You don’t have to worry about saying something stupid at dinner because everyone was too busy laughing at your jokes instead of listening anyway;
no more drunk texting from last night’s party that got out of hand after one too many glasses of eggnog; no more waking up next to someone who isn’t Uncle Frank just because he had his hands down your pants earlier in the evening.
One of the best parts of staying sober during the holidays is being fully present in every moment.
Every minute spent with family, friends and loved ones is an opportunity to appreciate all they bring into your life—and that’s something you need to be grateful for.
It can be easy to take these people for granted when we’re busy with work or other obligations, but when you’re on vacation and away from it all, it’s easier to appreciate how lucky you are to have such a strong support system throughout the year.
Remember: The holiday season is not just about spending time with loved ones; it’s also about spending time with yourself!
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend time alone and relax during this time of year if that’s what you want or need (although I recommend checking out these sober travel tips if you do plan on traveling).
Being present means being aware of the moment you are in and fully engaged with it.
This doesn’t mean that you can never think about the past or plan for the future it’s important to do so periodically.
But when you’re with someone you love, your attention should be focused on them (and vice versa).
If a loved one is talking about their day at work, don’t think about how you want to get back home and watch TV; listen carefully and ask questions that show what matters to your partner.
There’s no better way to reflect on who we are as people than by spending quality time with ourselves and those around us!
It may seem like taking a break from drinking will take away from this experience, but being present during sober holiday gatherings helps us identify our strengths and weaknesses more clearly than ever before.
We’re not here to judge you. You can have whatever opinion you think is best. But if you’re on the fence, we hope that this article has helped you see the benefits of sober holidays!
We know there are many people out there who feel like their life is empty without alcohol and drugs, but those people don’t have all the facts about being sober.
There’s so much more to life than just getting wasted every weekend (if only someone had told us that before we started drinking!). So, open your mind and give it a try—you’ll be glad you did!