It’s here. Christmas. For the next 24 hours I will work to keep myself busy and my mind occupied with friends, meetings, and support groups. That is the strategy for today to keep my spiritual and mental health as close to 100% as possible. Here are some other tools for people to deal with today’s stress.
Have an Escape Route
Be sure that you have a way to get away from stressful situations, even if for a minute or two. Even if you have to go into the closet for a few minutes that may be enough to give you a break from the stress. This nay sound strange, but there are places open today. In the past a trip to the convenience store gave me a much-needed break from the craziness swirling around me.
Reach Out To Others
I plan to spend the day reaching out to friends via phone, in-person, or text. People are a very important part of my tool kit. Keep your phone list handy and reach out as needed.
Don’t Be Alone
If you need a meeting or fellowship with another person, go. Many recovery clubs have 24 hour meetings that you can go to during the holidays. I plan to go to at least one meeting today to help keep me sane and on the beam.
Meditate and Pray
Meditation and prayer can help you when you’re feeling low. Take some time to connect with yourself and your defined Higher Power. If you’ve never heard of insight timer, download the app to your phone. It has great guided meditations that you can use to help calm your mind and heart.
Feel Your Feelings
When push comes to shove, you may have to simply experience your feelings. Be mindful of them. If that’s the case look at them head on, accept them, and process them. They may be painful to see and experience but facing them will get you through them quicker.
Hang in There
I wish you all the best. I know this time of year can be tough, but there are tools you can use to survive them. I know I’ll be using them.