Celebrating without alcohol. It is sooo difficult at first when you’re newly sober to know what to do or how to celebrate when you’re sober. After all in our society and culture celebrations and commiserations tend to revolve around booze, everything is a reason to drink and the thought of celebrating without alcohol seems weird.
If you are the sort of person who has done a dry July or sober October in the past and celebrated the end of it by having a drink I do understand your thinking to a certain extent, because I was the same. It’s that association that alcohol = celebration and it’s hard to break free from that.
However, the thing with sobriety is that it is a way of life, a choice to live differently, more aligned and more truthful to yourself. So, if you are on this path then celebrating not doing the thing, with the thing you’ve been trying not to do doesn’t make sense to me.
Another point about celebrating with alcohol is that it’s like we are trying to enhance the moment, extend it, make it better, make it last longer but really the thing you are celebrating gets diluted, even forgotten as the alcohol takes over and you just want to drink more. It becomes less about the occasion and more about the drinking. I used to celebrate like this all the time and more often than not, I wouldn’t remember the actual celebration because I’d drank away the moment
In this podcast I talk about how to celebrate when you’re sober, I am going to share the joys of celebrating without alcohol and why it is better than any alcohol fuelled celebration. Also some ideas on what you can do to celebrate and why you should be celebrating often.
In this episode
I share some of the things our members have been celebrating recently and how I celebrated my own sobriety milestones
Why you should celebrate often
Why celebrating doesn’t have to be big or extravagant but it is necessary
Why you might be struggling to celebrate yourself and what to do for support
Some ideas on celebrating without alcohol to get you thinking about how you’d like to celebrate
Why planning your celebrations in advance is such a great way to help motivate and inspire you.
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