Each year, Memorial Day falls on the last Monday in May. While it might feel a bit different this year, to most people it’s also the unofficial start of summer. But for people in sobriety it can also spell trouble. For many people, Memorial Day tends to go hand-in-hand with drinking. So how do you celebrate without putting your sobriety at risk?
Honor our Servicemen
We often forget what these holidays are all about. Memorial Day is about honoring and remembering the military personnel who died fighting for our country. If you have any loved ones or friends in the service, reach out to them. If you have loved ones who died in the service, take time to remember them.
This is pretty universal on Memorial Day: spending time outside with friends and family. Whether you’re at the beach, the lake or in someone’s backyard, it’s a day to enjoy some nice weather. With everything going on, going over to friend’s houses or public spaces is probably a no-go. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get outside! Take a walk, sit on the porch, or even take a drive with the windows down. We all know that nature is good for our health, so get out and soak up some sunshine.
Have a (Sober) Barbecue
The unofficial start of summer is also the unofficial start of grilling season. So, pull the barbecue out of the garage or take the cover off and fire it up! If we’re going traditional, I’d say go with hamburgers and hot dogs. But if you want to mix it up, carne asada, steaks, or even grilled veggies are great choices. Your “co-quarantiners” will be grateful (or if it’s just you, you’ve made yourself a great celebratory feast)!
Zoom in to a Support Group Meeting
Holidays are always tough in sobriety, why not reach out for some extra support? Even if you can’t go in person, Zoom groups are still a great way to stay connected and committed to the program.
Make it a Mental Health Day
Who says you have to do anything today? Take this extra day off and dedicate it to yourself and your wellbeing. Take a trip down memory lane and re-read your recovery journal. Or you could meditate, order takeout, or spend time on one of your hobbies. Check out our article on Self-Care for Sobriety over on Harmony Recovery Center’s blog.
However you choose to spend the day, be proud of yourself and how far you’ve come in your recovery journey. Know that it is the worthiest cause you’ve ever committed to, and prioritizing your sobriety is always a good decision.
And if you find yourself struggling this Memorial Day, you can always reach out for help. Our caring staff at Harmony Recovery Group are always available. Call us anytime at (866) 461-4474.