4 Tips for Staying Sober This Summer
Summer is a time for relaxation and outdoor fun. Whether you’re taking a summer vacation or staying home for the season, it’s important to know that it’s entirely possible to enjoy this time of year while pursuing your sobriety. Below, we’ll provide you with four tips for staying sober this summer!
If you or your loved one need a safe space to recover from addiction, contact Myrtle Beach Recovery to learn more about our short- and long-term recovery programs.
Put Yourself First
Always put yourself first when making plans and choices this summer. Prioritize your recovery and needs, avoiding or speaking up in situations that may put you at risk. Be kind to yourself too as you navigate your journey, acknowledging and discussing your concerns and successes with others. Make your well-being a focus this summer and throughout your recovery.
Stay Active and Social
Isolation can put you at more risk for relapse. Instead of staying holed up, push yourself to stay active and social this summer. Getting out in the sunshine can boost your mood. Plus, connecting with loved ones is both fun and will remind you that you’re not alone in your sober journey.
Some fun sober summer activities you might consider trying include:
- Exercising outdoors (e.g., walking, running, hiking, or biking)
- Going to the beach or pool
- Browsing your local farmers’ market
- Learning to bake or cook
- Grilling out with friends and family
- Attending a concert or summer festival
- Hosting a movie night
- Going on a road trip
Prepare for Outings
When you make plans to hang out with friends, some preparation can go a long way towards helping you maintain your sobriety. Consider taking the following steps:
- Attend events with someone who knows about your sobriety so they can help you if you need assistance.
- Drive separately to gatherings so you have a secure means of transportation if the situation becomes too stressful.
- Bring your own beverages if alcohol will be at the party to ensure you have something to drink that you enjoy. Holding a beverage may also prevent people from offering you an alcoholic drink.
- Prepare to say “no” to a drink or situation that may put you at risk. You don’t owe anyone an explanation if you don’t want to disclose that you’re pursuing your sobriety.
Enjoy the Little Things
Many small but significant changes come along with your sobriety. For instance, one revelation that many sober individuals experience is how nice it is to wake up without a hangover. Appreciate this feeling each morning by going on a walk or doing an activity you couldn’t before.
You might also find yourself saving more money from no longing spending on alcohol or other substances. If this is the case, you might consider modestly treating yourself to a nice meal at a restaurant.
There are so many other benefits like these you’ll experience as you pursue your sobriety. You deserve to celebrate these little successes and joys!
Consider Myrtle Beach Recovery
We hope these four tips for staying sober this summer assist you. However, if you’re struggling to maintain your sobriety, consider reaching out to Myrtle Beach Recovery. We offer short-term and long-term recovery programs, providing a safe place to work through the 12 Steps.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you on your path to sobriety.