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Sober Holiday Tip Thirteen - Mindfulness

Living in the moment is a powerful practice that can transform your life and help you enjoy the present moment to its fullest. For most of my life I was either living in the past (and depressed) or in the future (and full of anxiety.) Mindfulness is a great way to cultivate this practice and can help you stay centered and focused on what's happening right now.

When it comes to staying sober during the holidays, mindfulness can be a powerful tool to help you stay present. The holidays really stir up a lot of old memories and we can get sad thinking of people we've loved who are no longer with us. Unfortunately, depression can lead us to thinking of drinking. Mindfulness helps us avoid the temptation to indulge in drugs or alcohol.

One tip for staying sober during the holidays is to focus on the present moment. This means not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, but instead enjoying the moment you're in right now. Take deep breaths, focus on your senses, and be fully present in the moment. This can help you stay calm and centered, and avoid the triggers that can lead to relapse.

Another tip is to be mindful of your surroundings. If you're going to a party or gathering, be aware of the people and situations around you. If you feel uncomfortable or triggered, it's okay to remove yourself from the situation and take a break. You can also practice mindfulness techniques like deep breathing or meditation to help you stay calm and centered.

Overall, practicing mindfulness and staying present in the moment can be a powerful tool for staying sober during the holidays. By focusing on the present moment, you can avoid triggers and stay centered, helping you enjoy the holiday season to its fullest.

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