Navigating the Holiday Season with Your Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
Nov 29, 2023
The holiday season can be a time of joy, but it also brings unique challenges, especially for those managing early addiction recovery. A Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) can be an invaluable tool to maintain your recovery and wellness during this period. Let’s explore how to adapt your WRAP for the festive season.
Daily Maintenance Plan: Your Holiday Wellness Blueprint
Your Daily Maintenance Plan is the cornerstone of your WRAP, acting as a personal wellness blueprint. During the holidays, this might involve:
- Routine Activities: Maintain a semblance of your regular routine, like a morning walk or meditation, to anchor your day.
- Holiday-Specific Practices: Incorporate holiday activities that bring you joy, such as decorating or baking.
- Limit Setting: Be mindful of your limits. It’s okay to say no to events or activities that feel overwhelming.
Triggers & Action Plan: Navigating Holiday Stressors
The holiday season can introduce unique triggers, such as family dynamics or financial pressures. To manage these:
- Identify Holiday Triggers: Be aware of specific holiday events or situations that might be challenging.
- Develop a Response Plan: Have a list of calming activities, like a brief walk or listening to your favorite music, ready to deploy when a trigger occurs.
Early Warning Signs & Action Plan: Staying Ahead of Stress
Early Warning Signs are subtle changes in your feelings or behaviors indicating a need for action. During the holidays, pay extra attention to:
- Recognize Your Signs: This could be feeling more irritable than usual or a change in appetite.
- Have a Proactive Plan: Engage in activities that restore balance, such as reaching out to a supportive friend or practicing relaxation techniques.
When Things Are Breaking Down & Action Plan: Preventing a Crisis
Despite our best efforts, you might find the holiday stress escalating. It’s crucial to:
- Acknowledge the Severity: Recognize when things are more challenging than usual.
- Immediate Action Plan: This might involve contacting a mental health professional or taking a break from holiday activities to focus on self-care.
Crisis Plan: Preparing for the Unexpected
Despite all precautions, a crisis can still occur. Your crisis plan should include:
- Contact Information: Have a list of professionals or loved ones who can step in.
- Care Preferences: Clearly outline the type of care you prefer, ensuring your needs are met even when you might not be able to advocate for yourself.
Post Crisis Plan: Adapting to Post-Holiday Recovery
Recovery doesn’t happen overnight. Your post-crisis plan should be flexible, reflecting your changing needs:
- Gradual Re-engagement: Ease back into holiday activities as you feel better.
- Reflect and Adjust: Continuously assess your wellness and adjust your daily activities accordingly.
The goal of these Action Plans is to ensure you return to your “Me Well” state. Remember, the holidays are a season, and like all seasons, they pass. With your WRAP in place, you can navigate them with resilience and grace, maintaining your wellness and enjoying the spirit of the season.
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