Practicing Self Care Without the Substances
Valentine's Day often conjures up images of lavish dinners, romantic gestures, and boozy nights out. But for those in recovery from substance abuse or addiction, Valentine's Day can sometimes feel intimidating. However, celebrating sober doesn't need to mean having to sacrifice the fun.
There are plenty of ways to make the day meaningful without relying on a substance. From thoughtful gifts to creative activities, this Valentine's Day can be just as special—or even more so—than those in years past. That’s why we’ve outlined some ways you can treat yourself to a sober Valentine’s Day.
For more information regarding recovery resources and support, reach out to one of our team members at (800) 353-4673.
Sober Ways to Show Love
As highlighted by Mental Health America, Valentine's Day is the perfect opportunity to show yourself some love, especially since cold February days can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which can affect mental health. It can be difficult to find motivation or focus when the days become shorter and colder, but there are ways to manage SAD and keep yourself feeling your best – and Valentine’s Day is a great day to start taking those steps .
From pampering yourself with a massage or manicure, to creating a special dinner for you or your partner, there are plenty of ways to make February 14th a special day without relying on alcohol or drugs. Why not take an evening off and indulge in an activity you enjoy, such as painting, reading, playing an instrument, or relaxing with your favorite show? You could also express your gratitude by writing down all the things you appreciate about yourself—or simply taking time for self-reflection and introspection.
Mocktails are another perfect way to still enjoy a special, festive beverage for Valentine's Day without the alcohol. From muddling raspberries into your favorite sparkling water for a pleasantly pink drink to concoctions filled with fresh-pressed juice or ginger ale, there are plenty of delicious and exciting mocktail recipes for you to try this year. Get creative in the kitchen and whip up an evening of tasty non-alcoholic drinks!
Celebrate Recovery This Valentine’s Day
Recovery is something to be celebrated. When we take time out of our busy lives to focus on our wellbeing and mental health, it can positively impact our overall quality of life.
Here are just a few reasons why you should embrace and celebrate recovery this Valentine’s Day (and every day!):
- Becoming stronger and better able to manage stress
- Developing or rediscovering passions or hobbies that make life enjoyable
- Building healthier relationships with yourself and others
- Focusing on self-care, setting boundaries, and looking after physical and mental health
To learn more about the benefits of sobriety, our team is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (800) 353-4673.