Chocolate and pink heart-shaped boxes aside, Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate the love and romance in your life. However, those in recovery may dread this day because of the societal pressure to be in a committed and happy relationship and the pressure to raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of love. People getting sober from alcohol who do not have that special someone with whom to celebrate their Valentine’s Day may feel lonely or depressed, and that can lead to relapse. Thankfully, there are ways to enjoy a sober Valentine’s Day! Contact us online or call 833.627.0039 today to learn how sobriety starts with an alcohol addiction treatment at Midwest Recovery.
How to Celebrate a Sober Valentine’s Day
Despite the flowery, heart-filled commercials, Valentine’s Day is not the exclusive domain of those in a romantic relationship and doesn’t have to involve drinking, either. Here are some fun ways to celebrate a sober Valentine’s Day while getting sober from alcohol and without any pressure to find a date to have a memorable time in mid-February.
Enjoy Sober Activities with Friends
Spend time during a sober Valentine’s Day with friends visiting a museum, seeing a movie, going out to dinner at a BYOB without the last ‘B.’ Celebrations on or around February 14th do not need to involve alcohol or romance. You have so much love in your life, and that deserves to be celebrated with good times and new memories you’ll remember because you’re staying sober from alcohol!
Loving yourself and practicing self-care is not only vital to happiness as a human; it can be critical to staying sober from alcohol during a lifetime in recovery. To celebrate a sober Valentine’s Day by enjoying your own company, get a pedicure, treat yourself to take-out dinner from your favorite restaurant, rewatch a movie you love, or work on a new puzzle at home. Make this Valentine’s Day a sober one spent loving and caring for yourself.
Play In The Snow
If it is snowing in your area or if you are within a drive of snow, make this sober Valentine’s Day white and chilly. Look at the beautiful scenery and play in the snow, go skiing, ice skating or build a snowman. Then make some hot cocoa and warm up with supportive friends who love you and support you in getting sober from alcohol.
Try A New Recipe
Cooking can not only be therapeutic and delicious, but it can be one way you focus your mind and hands during a sober Valentine’s Day. As you stay sober from alcohol, try a new recipe and prepare a meal for yourself and friends who do not wish to partake in the bloated pre-fix prices of restaurants on Valentine’s Day. Put some music on, let the aromas of spices and herbs fill your kitchen, and show yourself and the world that you don’t need alcohol to have a lovely Valentine’s Day.
Avoid Social Media
You know that Valentine’s Day on social media will be a stream of champagne flutes and kissing. Seeing those images may bring up past trauma, activate old triggers, and could derail the progress you have made as a sober person. Whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, stay off social media and have a sober Valentine’s Day.
Staying Sober From Alcohol
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be lonely, dreadful, or nerve-wracking, and it doesn’t need to include drinking alcohol. You can stay sober from alcohol on this day filled with chocolate and heart-shaped balloons by spending it alone, showing yourself with love, or with supportive friends who want to see and help you get sober from alcohol. Don’t let societal pressures add stress and worries to your life this February. You can have a sober Valentine’s Day with a full heart and a clear head.
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