The dreary weather of winter and the hecticness of the holiday season can be difficult for anyone, especially individuals in active addiction and early recovery. By practicing kindness, you can find a sense of meaning and purpose while also bringing joy to the people around you, who may also be struggling this holiday season.
Shift Your Focus
To be a source of light and warmth this winter, begin by adjusting your attention. Instead of focusing on your immediate personal struggles, expand your perspective to the people around you. Listen to your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else you come into contact with. By actively listening, you’ll gain inspiration for your holiday season acts of kindness.
Here are some ideas for practicing kindness:
- Did your brother just start a new job? Give him a card wishing him luck on his new pursuit. While you’re at it, maybe throw in some lunchtime snacks to help keep him nourished throughout his workday.
- Is the mom who is in line behind you at the grocery store struggling to corral her children? Let her skip ahead of you to help mitigate her stress.
- Is your friend feeling lonely this holiday season? Give her a call and maybe even surprise her with a visit. Just your presence can brighten someone’s day.
- What’s going on in your community? Seek out charitable causes that interest you and embrace them. From soup kitchen volunteering and hospital service opportunities to toy drives and snow shoveling for elderly neighbors, the holiday season is one of giving, so take advantage of all the ways you can help.
Service Keeps You Sober
By lending your time and resources to individuals in need, you can feel purposeful, joyful, and connected to others this holiday season. Once you start, you’ll stay more than busy and fulfilled with the endless ways you can practice kindness.
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