Sober Summer: Stress in Summer?!
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…
” or so says the Gershwin tune. Many of us look forward to summer; it signifies a time of relaxing, recharging, and enjoying long weekends, much needed vacations, and time with family and friends. We look forward to the relaxed lifestyle and longer days. The reality is summer can actually be a time of increased stress. Think about it, the kids are out of school, we are busy planning vacations, attending summer social events, and family and friends are visiting. On top of this we still have our daily routines and regular work obligations. In recovery, these situations can be challenging – it is more important than ever in these times to put our recovery first. It is easy to slip into complacency and let recovery take a back seat to everything going on around us. But we must realize that our recovery program – meetings, sponsorship, volunteer work, can actually be helpful to us navigating these busy months.