Clean and sober holiday survival tips |

Clean and sober holiday survival tips

Sarah Coleman
For Steamboat Pilot & Today


Sarah Coleman hopes her fitness camp company, A Weight Lifted, can gain traction by drawing people to Steamboat Springs to lose weight and get in shape.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — ‘Tis the season. With the holidays come joy and cheer. Happiness and giving. Health and new goals. But for some, the holidays can be particularly tough times.

The struggle is real and can lead to weight gain, relapse, depression, isolation and over commitment. Let’s take the struggle out and put the joy back in this holiday season. Here are some tips to keep you happy, healthy and sober with messages and input from our recovery community.

1. Coffee and dog walks — communication and community are keys to success

2. Stay connected to friends and family for support

3. Have a plan and a way out of any situation

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

4. Get to a meeting — lots of virtual options these days

5. Say “no” to the masses and “yes” to your safe tribe

6. Cooking and baking plus any other form of self-care and happiness

7. Download a meditation app like insight timer — get your head right

8. Bring your own nonalcoholic beverage if you are going out — be prepared

9. Daily inventory to ask yourself:

• Am I helping anyone?

• How is my spiritual condition?

• Am I taking care of my body?

• Am I spending time with myself?

• Am I holding any resentment?

10. Exercise and move daily — did someone say burpees?

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. 2021 is right around the corner, and we made It together. Don’t forget to perform some random acts of kindness for those around you. Keep smiling. Stay positive. Do your burpees. #yayitforward

Sarah Coleman is a wellness and recovery coach at Foundry Steamboat, a personal trainer, a CrossFitter, a food connoisseur at Bitchin Kitchin and an outdoor enthusiast everywhere.

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