Smashing the Festive Season Without Getting Smashed
Christmas is just around the corner, and although things might look a little different this year, there’s one thing that will always remain the same – festive drinks! While the festive season is all about having fun and celebrating, it can be a particularly challenging time for anybody in their sobriety. So, here are our top tips for smashing the festive season without getting smashed!
1. Remember Your Why
With drinks in full flow over the festive season, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason why you’re sober in the first place. Stay connected to your why by reminding yourself of it regularly, so that whenever someone offers you a drink, you know exactly why you’re turning it down.
2. Create New Christmas Traditions
Instead of dwelling on not being able to enjoy mulled wines (well you can, just the AF type!) and getting drunk on festive tipples, create some new Christmas traditions! Think wintery walks, Christmas markets for tasty treats, and spending time with loved ones without the booze. Reinvent what Christmas is to you, away from boozey nights and messy memories.
3. Tell People You're Sober
Socialising with lots of people often comes hand in hand with the festive period. And although things might look a little different this year, we’ve no doubt that there will be many merry Christmas zoom parties. Take the pressure off by letting everyone know (who needs to know!) that you’re sober. It saves awkward conversations and assumptions.
4. Don't Be Afraid To Say NO
Saying no can seem daunting at first, but don’t be afraid to do it! If someone offers you an alcoholic drink, turn it down and ask for an AF version instead. You don’t owe anyone an explanation.
5. Make Self Care A Priority
Socialising over the festive season can be exhausting, especially in sobriety! So prioritise self-care, make time to look after yourself and factor in down time. And don’t forget that when everyone else is suffering from an awful hangover on Boxing Day, you’ll be able to enjoy feeling nice and smug!