Getting through the festive season sober can be difficult for many, especially when it is one of the most indulgent times of the year. What with parties, dinners, catching up with long-lost friends and relatives and more, preventing that occasional drink from turning into an alcohol-induced spiral can be far from easy. And yet, you know just as well as the next person that excessive consumption of food or alcohol can do irreparable harm to your health and wellness. Whats more, getting into the festive spirit simply does not mean that you have to consume spirits!So, how does one power through all these occasions sober? Here are some tips and strategies that will help you do just that.Keep an escape plan handyThis one is probably one of the easiest ways to protect your sobriety this festive season. Dussehra and Diwali parties with friends and families can have free-flowing alcohol and if you are trying to stay away from it, plan beforehand to politely refuse alcohol. If you do feel the temptation to give in, have an escape plan ready. Limit your time around people or situations that act as triggers.Stay on your toesIf you want to really distract your mind from booze, look for every chance to be of help. Whether it is helping out at home or a shelter, reach out to people and try to give back as and when possible. If someone shows you kindness, pay it forward and youll feel better.Stock up on alternativesThere are so many alcohol-free options available today that you can opt for when youre tempted to get a drink. Since there are so many options, you can have a fun time trying out different combinations of drinks and create a non-alcoholic mocktail you like.Embrace the day with enthusiasmRemember that the day is so much more than partying. There are so many ways to have a wonderful time during the festive season whether it is just a small gathering with friends or doing up your home with some dcor. Taking on the simple things with enthusiasm is key.Be proud of yourselfBeing sober is a bold choice and it doesnt matter why youre planning to get there. It could be for health reasons or recovery from addiction, what truly matters is that youve made the choice. Making this decision is something to be extremely proud about as it means that you are taking a step towards bettering your life, health and in turn, being more present for your friends and family.Practice self-careCelebrate the festive season by giving yourself some extra TLC. It can be simple things like proper nutrition, exercise and getting enough sleep. All these things, when done regularly, can be wonderful for your overall wellbeing. Take some time to reflect on the direction you want to take in your life, physically, mentally and spiritually. Find some quiet time for yourself, even if it is only a few minutes daily.