If you think you can’t do it, we believe that you can. Whether you’re in recovery, sober, or would rather just not drink, here are a few ideas of how to spend this New Year’s Eve.
1. Attend a New Year’s Eve Meditation
New Year’s Eve events have shifted from the typical booze filled parties, to include holistic celebrations that nourish the mind and body. On the rise in popularity is New Year’s Eve meditation gatherings where attendees are guided through long meditations into the new year. This allows you to become very clear on your intentions and quiet the mind long enough to discover what it is you really want to achieve, and also leave behind. A quick online search will bring up local centers in your area offering meditation in person, and virtual options are also available such as The Cambridge Insight Meditation Center NYE Practice & Reflections. Participating in a meditation (or yoga) event will get you through the evening sober, while nourishing your spirit and renewing you for the year to come.
2. Plan a Game Night
Hosting your own party is a great way to have some control over your environment. Invite like minded friends who want to celebrate sober, and plan a fun menu of appetizers, sweet treats, and non-alcoholic beverages/mocktails. Have guests bring over their favorite games and split into teams for some healthy competition and laughs (at Herren Wellness our Life Coaches enjoy playing the game We Aren’t Really Strangers with guests). Before you know it the countdown to the New Year will begin and you and your guests can tune in to Times Square to watch the ball drop. When getting sober it is common to feel like having fun is out of reach, but hosting or attending an event like this shows what sobriety is all about- connection, support, and celebrating the joy of life.
3. Attend an Alcothon or Narcothon
One of the great things about 12-step programs such as Alcoholics Annonymous and Narcotics Annonymous is how available they are when people need it. Wherever you find yourself in the world, there is likely a meeting nearby in person, or online. These programs show up in a big way over New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day by hosting ongoing meetings or “Alcathons”. These events are full of speakers sharing their experience, strength, and hope, and also fellowship. If this is one of your first New Year’s sober attending an Alcathon is a great decision for recovery. Check your local listings for in person and online Alcathon/Narcathon resources.