How to Handle the Holidays

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When I stopped living in the problem and began living in the answer, the problem went away.

The holiday season is, for most people, a joyful time filled with family, friends, and celebrations. For recovering sex and porn addicts, however, the holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. Being or at least pretending to be happy, celebratory, and emotionally present feels both unnatural and uncomfortable. If we’re not careful, we can become overwhelmed by this pressure, and in response we might revert to old, unhealthy behaviors. As such, it is incredibly important to recognize the danger zone of holidays, and to vigilantly maintain our recovery-oriented activities. This is not the time to cancel therapy sessions, to postpone a meeting with a sponsor, or to skip any of our regular 12-step meetings. In fact, we may want to attend a few extra therapy sessions and meetings and check in with our sponsor more often.

Task for Today
Devote some extra time and attention to recovery, no matter how pressing the holidays feel.