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Subject: CoDA Announcements: Taking Care Of Ourselves During The Holidays
Date: December 1st 2013
The contents of the email are from the CoDA Communications
How do codependents take care of themselves during the stress
of the holidays? Here are some suggestions:
1. Go to as many meetings as you need.
2. Call other members including your sponsor.
3. Set boundaries that you are willing to observe.
4. Consider reading CoDA literature and reflecting on the Steps
5. Take care of yourself; YOU come first!
Some CoDA intergroups and areas have organized marathon
meetings for the major holidays, providing CoDA members with a
place to share, to bookend family meals, and possibly to partake
in a potluck with their recovery family of choice.
There are also daily online and phone meetings which you can
look up on coda.org. Others use the meeting phone list to reach
out to newcomers with a brief message of reassurance. If needed,
choosing to spend a limited time around one's family of origin may
lower holiday stress.
Making sure to take the time for sufficient sleep, and giving
ourselves plenty of time to exercise, meditate and read CoDA
literature are ways to remind ourselves that in CoDA we may learn
to have different priorities than other folks at these sometimes
difficult family holiday gatherings.
At times, the difference between having a sad holiday and having
a more upbeat one is simply a matter of choosing to use program
tools to decide, in each challenging moment, to do things
differently today, and to decide that right now serenity is your #1
priority. That includes reaching out to your CoDA family!
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