Celebrating a Sober-Curious HolidaySeason
If you’re fed up with all those hangovers, headaches and mood swings caused by alcohol or other substance abuse, and you’re wondering whether giving up on bad habits could have positive effects on your life, know that you’re not alone in this. The number of people interested in the “Sober Curious”movement is on the rise, so let’s take a look at what it means and how it can affect your life.
What does “sober curious” even mean?
Sober curious means that a person has chosen to avoid alcohol for personal and wellness reasons. It involves curiosity and the intention to discover the reasons behind one’s desire to drink alcohol and how it impacts their life. Unlike people dealing with dependency or addiction, sober curious people may not be dependent, and they may not want to give up on alcohol permanently.
In today’s society, regular social drinking has been normalized to the point that people find it more unusual if someone chooses not to drink alcohol. The sober curious movement suggests plenty of room for alternative approaches and aims to create a community for those curious about mindful drinking—or mindless drinking.
It doesn’t have to be a permanent change.
“Going sober curious” allows you to get a new perspective on the effects of your alcohol consumption and allows you to see how moderation or sobriety can fit in your life. Some people choose to avoid alcohol for a couple of weeks, or months, or a year. Others don’t set any time. Many people who go through this process notice negative patterns in their alcohol use, which helps them practice more mindful drinking in the future.
How to celebrate a sober curious holiday season
1. Develop a coping strategy with the help of someone you trust. Support is key in this process. Talk with your loved one, friend or accountability partner about what you’re going through and what you want to achieve this holiday season. They can help you stay on track and lend extra support when you need it.
2. Avoid confrontational conversations. Holiday gatherings can be fun, but they can also be challenging when it comes to complicated relationships between friends or family members. There can be some hidden issues, grudges or disappointments that can pop up and ruin good times. If someone tries to lure you into a confrontational conversation, resist engaging it.
3. Host your own non-alcoholic gathering. Show your family and friends that you’re committed to your decision to stay sober and allow them to show solidarity. Invite them to a party where you can offer creative non-alcoholic beverages, like hot mulled cider or purple punch. Virtual gatherings,as well as in-person,can be just as fun without a buzz.
4. Remind yourself how good it feels to be sober. Take some time to put your thoughts to paper or meditate on your decision to quit drinking and everything good that has come or could come from it. You can write your intentions on sticky notes and place them around your home for multiple reminders.
The goal of being sober curious or completely sober is to protect your health and well-being. With some preparation, a joyful and alcohol-free holiday season is definitely possible. If you or a loved one needs help with this or any other issue, Communicare is here for you. Take a look at our services and don't hesitate to contact us!