Host a Sober BarbecueBy this point in the year, most locations in the United States have begun to experience warmer weather, so it’s a perfect time to host a barbecue. Barbecues often include alcohol, but they can be just as fun and enjoyable without alcoholic drinks. Having a dry barbecue encourages time for much more fun activities like cornhole, dominoes, card games and horseshoes. You’re never too old for water games and slip and slides either — and with zero alcohol involved, there’s less of a risk for injury.
Make It a Beach DayPeople who live near the ocean or another large body of water like a river or lake, know how relaxing a day on the water can be. A day at the beach can be a rejuvenating and fun way to get active or relax. Whether it’s reading and sunbathing or swimming and surfing in the ocean, a beach day is a great way to still have a fun holiday and remain sober.
See a MovieMost of the population of Mexico don’t celebrate Cinco de Mayo, so it’s okay if it goes unacknowledged by someone trying to have some sober fun. People in recovery don’t have to allow social pressures to influence them into binge drinking and partying simply because of a day on the calendar – especially if they are aware of the fact that drinking has a negative effect on them. Going to the movies is always a great option for a fun activity and because it is a holiday, it could be easier to avoid the crowds. If you’d still like to have an option to celebrate the day, you can also check out some movies or documentaries about Mexican culture. You can browse Netflix or your local library for documentaries to watch. IMDB also has a list of 20 films by Mexican directors or about life in Mexico. Instead of binge-drinking, a person in recovery can learn about Mexican culture to celebrate the holiday.
Treat Yourself to a Spa DayAmerica’s favorite unofficial holiday is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a me-day. On triggering days like Cinco de Mayo, it’s important that mental health remains a priority. A few options for a relaxing mental health day include:
- Visit a spa for a massage
- Try acupuncture
- Take a yoga class or practice it at home
- Go on a walk at your favorite park
- Curl up and read an interesting book
- Take a nap – without the guilt!
Do NothingAs hard-working adults, most people know the value of a good “do nothing” day. Having a lazy day on the couch binging on Netflix shows or engaging in other mindless hobbies is fine every once in a while. Sometimes simply existing without a worry does a lot for a person and their overall mental health. Staying sober is the main objective on these “binge-drinking” holidays. It can be a difficult day for individuals in recovery. If you or someone you know is struggles with an alcohol use disorder or has experienced a recent setback call The Recovery Village and speak with one of our representatives. The call is free, completely confidential and representatives are available around the clock.
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