Sunshine, Sobriety, and You: A Sober Summer Survival Guide

Here's the secret recipe for a sizzling Sober Summer: self-care. 

Treating yourself right physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually is the ultimate regret and relapse repellant. But how exactly can you serve yourself this sumptuous summer of self-care? Well, my friend, let's embark on the journey together.

Foster a Fabulous Support Circle:

Surround yourself with folks who radiate positive vibes. Who's in your corner, cheering you on today and five years from now? Those are your people. Keep a close-knit group who know your journey and will be your touchstones in times of need. Variety is the spice of life, so consider having supportive friends from different spheres of your life. And if you struggle to find friends locally, join an online group for some digital support.

Two seniors camping sitting in front of a tent having a happy conversation

Be a Sober Social Butterfly:

Socializing sober can feel like learning to ride a bike without training wheels. Initially, it can be wobbly, but with time, it becomes second nature. With a great support network by your side and a game plan, you don't always have to dodge every alcohol-filled gathering. Remember, isolation isn't the answer - authentic relationships and support are your keys to recovery. Reach out to a friend if you're having trouble.

woman texting in the foreground of a bbq while friends sit at the picnic table

Own Your Agenda:

Take a moment each week to plan your self-care routine – pencil in your exercise time, meditation breaks, recovery meetings, coffee chats with your sober guide or sponsor, and sprinkle in some social outings. Bookend any potential stress-inducing moments with positivity and always make time to touch base with your support network.

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Make the Most of Your Minutes:

An idle mind can be a playground for old habits. So plan your downtime with fun, healthy activities that resonate with your values. Volunteer work, a sports league, or even a book club could be your new weekend warriors.

Be Sober Beverage-Savvy:

At those inevitable boozy events, always have a delicious non-alcoholic drink in hand – perhaps a refreshing glass of Jøyus Non-Alcoholic wine that you brought yourself or asked the host to supply ahead of time. Then you can sip and enjoy without the pressure of constantly being offered an alcoholic alternative.

 person pouring Joyus Non-alcoholic sparkling rosé into their glass at an outdoor summer or spring gathering

Summer, with all its sunshine and serenity, is your chance to be present and authentically enjoy every moment. So go ahead and soak up the sun, let the ocean waves tickle your feet, and remember, soberity is the ultimate summer gift to you and your loved ones.

Here's to you!