If you’re planning on drinking this Christmas, stay with me here!
You might be thinking, “Nothing you say is going to change my mind, Kate. I just can’t do it… I’m not even going to think about quitting drinking until January.”
If so, check out this week’s video anyway. It will get you fired up for the New Year…
But if, on the other hand, you’re heading into your first sober Christmas and you’re feeling a bit nervous, I hope this video helps you stay focused and inspires you to keep going!
10 Things I Love About Being Sober At Christmas
1. No embarrassing mistakes
Whether it’s putting the wrong labels on presents, forgetting something really important or doing something at your office party that you later regret… alcohol increases the chances of you cringing later!
2. More energy
This is a tiring time of year. There are 101 things to sort out and I bet it’s mainly you that’s responsible for making it all happen, right? Not drinking will give you more energy and headspace to figure this stuff out.
3. More money
If finances are tight right now, take a moment to work out how much you normally spend on booze at this time of year. This is a month where most of us go out more than normal. Drinking alcohol is guaranteed to make your bar bill much bigger.
4. Driving yourself home!
I still love being able to jump in my car at the end of a great night and drive myself home. No standing around in the cold, trying to flag down a taxi or paying for an expensive Uber. Being able to go out and then leave exactly when you want to feels very freeing.
5. Less drama
Real life isn’t a Christmas card scene. Families fall out and things go wrong. However, the chances of you getting into an argument or overreacting to something are massively reduced when you’re sober at Christmas.
6. Guilt-free festive food
A slice of Christmas cake contains at least 200 calories. A large glass of wine is about the same. If you aren’t drinking, you’ve got more room to indulge!
7. Looking better
Alcohol dehydrates the skin, increases redness and can make you look puffy and bloated. It’s not a good look, and make up can’t always hide it. I ask everyone I work with to take a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ picture because your appearance will inevitably change!
8. No more acting
Pretending to be hangover-free and bursting with energy is draining. Trying to sneak an extra drink here and there without anyone noticing is also hard work… and the last thing any of us needs.
9. More time
Sobriety gives you extra time in the day and that feels great at this time of year. When you’re drinking, you don’t just lose time being drunk – it’s also the sluggishness afterwards, the time wasted worrying, putting things right and beating yourself up.
10. Making memories
At the end of the day, this is what this crazy time of year is all about, isn’t it? Alcohol robs you of your memories – it can leave the most special days blurry and forgettable. Being sober at Christmas gives you those special moments back and you can’t put a price on that.
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