How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Alone – And Sober
Are you trying to figure how to celebrate Valentine’s Day alone and sober for the first time this year? Sobriety can be challenging at times, especially on holidays like Valentine’s Day where it seems like just about everybody is paired up. The truth is that you can get through the day without picking up a drink or drug and you may actually end up having a nice time – as long as you set yourself up for success!
How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Alone
There are a number of ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day alone without heading to the bar for a drink or to pick up your next fix. Consider these following ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day alone and still stay sober!
Come Up With a Plan – And Don’t Let It Be Last Minute
Whether you take some of these suggestions or not, it’s important that you do come up with a plan for the day, especially if you think you may end up feeling lonely or upset as the day progresses. Set yourself up for success by coming up with plans. Even if you have more of a spontaneous personality, you may want to consider making plans ahead of time so that you don’t set yourself up to fall into self-pity. Even if you know you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone this year, you can still get to a 12 Step meeting or call a trusted friend.
Make It a Point to Treat Yourself
Instead of getting down in the dumps and setting yourself up to feel triggered this Valentine’s Day, consider treating yourself. Go see a new movie that just came out, make a special dinner, have a treat, or buy yourself a special item that you’ve had your eye on. There’s nothing wrong with being a little extra nice to yourself, especially on a day that revolves around love.
Tell Your Loved Ones How Much You Love & Appreciate Them
If you know you’ll end up slipping into self-pity by the end of Valentine’s Day, then make it a point to contact your loved ones and lift them up. By telling others how much you love and care for them, you may start to feel better simply by just letting them know.
Reach Out for Support
Valentine’s Day may leave you feeling all types of different emotions, especially if you are celebrating the day alone this year. Be sure to reach out to your sponsor and sober supports, particularly if you are feeling bad or have a strong desire to use or drink. It’s always better to reach out and talk through your feelings!
Holidays can be difficult for addicts and alcoholics in all stages of recovery, but it is possible to get through any holiday sober. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day this year, even if you are single. It doesn’t mean you have to revert back to drinking or using drugs!Tags: Sober, Valentine, valentine’s day