Avoid Negative Emotion Triggers – Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired: HALT
| Relapse – and recovery – and closely tied to emotions. Negative emotions can lead to relapse. In the course of each day, those in addition recovery mindfully avoid relapse triggers.
During holiday pressures – with accompanying high levels of stress and possible overcommitment– skillfully handling negative emotions is essential.
Recent cognitive neuroscience research has confirmed that memory has an active emotional element. And the stronger the emotion, the more clear the activated memory is experienced.
Avoid Negative Emotion Triggers; especially in early recovery.
The holiday season is the Iron Man marathon of maintaining emotional balance.
The winter holidays demand almost infinite patience, calmness, inner peace, wisdom and compassion.
December is a month of change and celebration. This month can give everyone an opportunity to reflect within and assess on life circumstances and goals.
This is the month of holiday celebrations for many faiths and traditions. It’s an ideal time to reflect and seek peace.
For those of us who are not saints – let’s look at some ways to stay sober (and mostly calm) during the holidays.
5 Tips for Maintaining Emotional Balance During Holidays (or any stressful event)
Pay close attention to physical and emotional signals.And then, take care of yourself.
Hungry – Being hungry can add to irrational thinking and anger. Plan to eat several high protein meals or snacks throughout the day.
Angry – Maintain mindfulness and catch habitual sarcastic comments or angry reactions before they lead to major upsets and disagreements.
Lonely – Plan activities with family and friends, if possible. If not possible, then plan activities that involve being with others. For example: church or temple activities and celebrations, Meetup.com activities, AA,NA or Smart Recovery meetings.
Tired, Exhausted and Stressed-out? Get some rest!
Sobriety is Possible
No one will claim that getting sober is easy.
However, positive change can be achieved. With a strong resolve, intent and support – sobriety is possible!
Check back tomorrow in here our blog for Tip 6, which will be featured in our post 10 Days of Holiday Sobriety Tips – Day 6.
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