How to Deal with the Thanksgiving Emotional Hangover
Whether you’re in recovery from addiction or not, dealing with the Thanksgiving emotional hangover can be rough. Even if you were fortunate enough to spend time with family and friends for the holiday, you may be emotionally exhausted from entertaining guests, seeing people you don’t always see, arguing with a family member or friend, or dealing with baggage being brought up from the past. The wide range of emotions that tend to come about over holidays like Thanksgiving could be enough to make anyone go mad, which is why it’s important to take care of yourself in order to prevent this.
Dealing with a Thanksgiving Emotional Hangover
Taking care of yourself is key to healing your Thanksgiving emotional hangover. Check out these helpful tips to keep you calm, cool, and collected when you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or enraged.
Let Yourself Get Some Rest
Celebrating any holiday with friends, family, or even alone can cause you to feel emotionally exhausted. It’s okay to acknowledge the fact that the holiday may have taken a toll on you. Allow yourself to rest and recuperate from the intense conversations, disputes, and chaos that holidays like Thanksgiving can bring.
Be Kind and Gentle to Yourself
After any emotional hangover, it’s important to remember to be nice and gentle with yourself. You may not want to overbook yourself or run errands like you typically would. If you need to take the day to relax or spend quality time with loved ones, let yourself. Don’t get frustrated with yourself for not being able to manage all of the tasks on your to-do list.
Remember to Stay Grateful Throughout the Year
Even though Thanksgiving may be over, you can remind yourself to be grateful year-round. Having gratitude isn’t only for Thanksgiving. Think about what you are most grateful for and make the commitment to remind yourself of these things on a regular basis.
Stay Connected in Your Recovery Program
Even if you missed some 12-Step Fellowship meetings or forgot to check in with your sponsor, there’s no better time to reconnect with your team of sober supports than now. If you weren’t able to get to a meeting or wish your supports a happy holiday, then pick up the phone, reach out, and have a conversation to stay connected. Don’t let missing one meeting or forgetting to make your phone calls for support one day become a habit.
The bottom line is that holidays can be both exciting and draining. A Thanksgiving emotional hangover can put you in a vulnerable place, which is why self-care is critical. If you’re in recovery from addiction or ready to come back to get sober, then there’s no better time than now to commit to taking care of yourself.
Whether you’re struggling or unsure about how to stay sober, The Watershed is here for support. For immediate support, you can call The Watershed Addiction Treatment Program’s 24-Hour Helpline at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: emotional hangover, holiday seasons, Holidays, thanksgiving