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If you are honest with yourself, you will know what situations pose a risk to you and if you have spent the time identifying your triggers then you are aware of how these affect you. Now you can set your limits. It is important when setting these limits that you are very aware of what is ‘high-risk’, ‘medium-risk’, and ‘low-risk’ situations. These limits are part of your plan to protect your recovery during the festive season. Remember that a trigger is not just physical, but very often is emotional so ensure that you factor internal triggers into your limit setting and that you identify how you will deal with these internal triggers. Most importantly here is that once you have set these limits, don’t try and push them! Think back to school days and how you hated tests and exams… no-one does! So why would you test your recovery?

Secondly, people are going to try and push your limits and try and tempt you. Therefore, it is vital that you have firm boundaries in place prior to the onset of the festive season. It is also very important that you communicate these boundaries to people in your life. Remember, effective communication doesn’t imply aggressive communication, but rather being firm in your resolution and being assertive in your sticking to your boundaries. Practise how you will react to people who try and tempt you and don’t leave room for them to negotiate your boundaries. Some people might not respect or understand your recovery process, but you do! Ask yourself if those people who try and tempt you away from your recovery process are really people worth having in your life, especially if they don’t respect your decisions.

Remember, YOU HAVE THE POWER to navigate your life and this means you have the power to protect your recovery. Come back next week when we will talk about ‘high-risk’, ‘medium-risk’ and ‘low-risk’ situations and how they affect your recovery.