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If you’re recovering from addiction, Cinco de Mayo celebrations can be a little challenging. Some of the changes brought about by the pandemic reduce the risks associated with the holiday, while others may make the situation more difficult.

Here are seven tips to help you make the most of Cinco de Mayo this year while also avoiding any risks to your sobriety.

1. Celebrate On A Small Scale

Even though you may not be able to attend a party or participate in other traditional Cinco de Mayo celebrations, you can still find ways to celebrate this holiday on a small scale in your own home.

Consider preparing a special meal with Cinco de Mayo fares like tacos or Horchata. You could also put up some decorations to make the day more festive.

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2. Use Cinco De Mayo As An Opportunity To Overcome Self-Isolation

For many people, including those in recovery from addiction, the COVID pandemic has led to unwanted self-isolation. If you have been spending a lot of time at home on your own, use Cinco de Mayo to overcome self-isolation and reconnect with the people you care about.

Call friends and family to talk, or use video conferencing software to make the experience seem more like an in-person get-together.

3. Follow Social distancing Recommendations

On Cinco de Mayo, some people may be tempted to schedule parties or other gatherings in spite of current social distancing recommendations.

Not only could these gatherings raise your risk of coronavirus infection, but they may also increase your risk of relapse. Avoid the temptation to attend a social gathering on Cinco de Mayo this year, even if the gathering seems safe and sober.

4. Practice Gratitude

For people in addiction recovery, every day is a good day to be grateful. Even in these challenging times, there are still many blessings to acknowledge.

On Cinco de Mayo, set aside some time to think about all of the good things in your life. If there are people in your life who have offered support and companionship, consider using this day as an opportunity to express your gratitude to these individuals directly.

Mail a card, make a phone call, or send a festive text message to let these people know that they have influenced you in a positive way.

5. Take Care Of Yourself

Self-care is always important when you’re in recovery, but it becomes even more essential on holidays. On Cinco de Mayo, remember to practice good self-care.

Be sure to eat healthily, drink plenty of water, and connect with your support system in safe ways. If watching the news or browsing social media are triggering for you on this day, limit your consumption and look for other ways to pass the time.

6. Provide Support To Others

Holidays, in general, are a challenge for those in recovery, but the isolation and stress associated with the pandemic may make these events even more triggering.

If you know that some of your peers in recovery are likely to struggle on Cinco de Mayo, take time during the day to check in with them and provide support if needed.

7. Reach Out For Help If You Need It

If you find yourself struggling and thinking about using drugs or alcohol on Cinco de Mayo, reach out for the support you need.

Even though you may not be able to seek support in person, you can still use virtual care services to connect with providers. You can also seek support from peers via telephone or video conferencing.

Holidays like Cinco de Mayo can be triggering, but they can also be a positive experience if you approach them in the right way. Remember that plenty of supportive resources are available to help you if you feel triggered on Cinco de Mayo or any other holiday.

Vertava Health is proud to offer virtual care for your convenience and safety, along with many traditional addiction treatment options.