There's no denying what a crazy and hectic year 2020 has been. As we reach the end of the year there's a feeling of relief as we hope for a better year to come. However, New Year’s Eve can be a particularly isolating holiday for a sober person and can be even more challenging with the COVID-19 restrictions in place. Don't let the pressure around this holiday limit you. If you're feeling overwhelmed, we've got you covered!
Here is an ultimate list of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve sober in a pandemic.
Reflect on How You’ve Grown this Past Year
Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions — which more often than not set us up for failure by mid-February— why not write down all the ways you’ve grown this past year. Get together with some of your friends on Zoom or FaceTime and share each other's progress, no matter how small they may seem.
Attend an Avalon Meeting
On December 31 and January 1, we have a variety of in-person, Zoom, and phone meetings. Connect with like-minded women and get the support you need during this triggering holiday. Check out the meeting schedule for the holiday meetings we have available.
Join or Host a Virtual New Year's Eve Party
Take the fun of New Year’s to the comfort of your home. Make it a hybrid party, have people in your bubble plus your friends and family join via Zoom. Pick a theme if you like, turn up the music or turn on the New Year’s celebrations on TV, provide a range of alcohol-free fun beverages and yummy snacks. Have a virtual dance party followed by a game night. Make it a night that you and your closest will never forget.
Have a Glamourous Night-in
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t feel fabulous. Decorate your place to give it a fun and special feel and get dressed up in your best outfit. You can make a 5-course meal for you and your bubble, or order food from your favourite restaurant. Restaurants even have meal kits where you can make your own chef-quality feasts.
Try Something New
Is there an activity you’ve been wanting to try? Or maybe there’s a skill you’ve been meaning to pick up. No need to wait for January to try something new. Why not make New Year's Eve a night where you commit to yourself. Order an at-home knitting kit, try a Udemy course, or learn to cook a new dish. Immerse yourself in your favorite topic and learn to your heart’s content and start 2021 by improving yourself and learning something interesting.
Unplug and Unwind
Forget about the time and the outside world for a night. Turn off your phone and disconnect. Have a self-care night with yourself or with those in your bubble. Slap on a face mask and enjoy a night of well-deserved pampering. Focus on starting 2021 in a state of calm and tranquility.
New Year's Eve is a time for new beginnings and even though we can't celebrate like we usually do, we get to use this year as an opportunity to ring in the New Year with new traditions.
If you’re feeling triggered by this holiday, know you can reach out for support at any time. We have a variety of recovery meetings, Private Facebook Groups, and online resources, including the Free Recovery Workbook.