(note: this post was originally published in 2018)
Here in Canada, Thanksgiving happens on the second Monday in October. A day off of work to eat a giant meal with family is usually the type of thing where beer and wine flow freely, but for those of us who abstain it can be a mine-field of drama. Read more for ways to avoid the urge to drink.
- Avoid drunk relatives by taking frequent autumnal walks (it’s also a good way to counteract all the calories you’re about to consume).
- You can be the only sober person that can drive a few extra minutes to grab a few groceries at the one open store that’s across town.
- You can be the calm moderator of the classic extended-family dinner debate.
Even if you don’t celebrate a holiday in early October, it’s still a good time to give thanks. Gratitude, prayer, meditation and mindfulness are techniques to help deal with the mental challenges that are sometimes associated with sobriety. Writing down, or saying out-loud all of the things that actually make your life worth living is a great way to remind yourself why you wanted to quit drinking in the first place.
So why not give some thanks? Unlike buying a round of drinks for your buddies, giving away thanks is completely free!
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