Don’t Eat (or Drink) Your Feelings
Recognizing what triggers your bad habits is important, especially around the holidays, says Day. Many people use "HALT" an acronym for "Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired" to remember that these feelings often cause relapses. Anger, especially, is one of the biggest triggers for recovering addicts and it’s not unusual for it to surface during the holidays, says Jones. "People expect family gatherings to be great and wonderful, and then they get angry when they turn out to be stressful, which triggers unhealthy habits," he says. If you train yourself to recognize these triggers before you start eating or drinking, you can slow down to realize that you are letting your emotions get the best of you.