It’s May – the start of a bright, shiny new month! With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Personally, I think an alcohol-free lifestyle is pretty damn cool at any time of year, but waking up without a hangover is extra special when the mornings are light and sunny.
If you’re trying to get back on track and you want to avoid becoming overwhelmed, make sure you keep things manageable by just focussing on this month. Concentrate on your goals for May and don’t start thinking further ahead, or worrying about forever. The f-word is not allowed! Now is not the time to wonder what you’ll do at Christmas or New Year or any other event that’s a long way into the future. Just focus on the here and now.
Figuring out how to make sobriety stick is often a case of experimenting with different tools and strategies – and sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference. So with that in mind, here are 5 things to try this month that will support your sobriety and help you feel great!
Drink hot water and lemon first thing
When you’re thirsty and dehydrated, all sorts of things go wrong. You’re more likely to feel tired, eat too much sugar and crave booze. So whilst it’s tempting to start the day with a giant coffee, you will feel better if you rehydrate first (you can have the coffee after!) Remember to keep drinking lots of water throughout the day.
Play the movie to the end
When a craving strikes it’s all too easy to get caught up in the moment. Next time, imagine your drinking as a story. You’re at the start of the movie right now and you get to decide the storyline. If you choose to drink, how’s the movie going to end? Spend five minutes thinking it all through. What will really happen if you have ‘just one’ drink? How will you feel in the morning? Will it be worth it?
Keep a victory box
Eat a tub of ice cream (this is the most important step) then wash out the tub. Get some post it notes and a pen. Every day, for the next month, write down one thing you’re proud of. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. When we’re trying to do something that challenges us, we tend to remember our failings and forget the things we have done well. Reading through your post-it notes will give you a boost the next time you’re feeling down.
Track your progress
What gets measured gets improved on. There are lots of sobriety apps out there to help you keep track. I like this one, which not only tells you how long it’s been since your last drink, but it also works out how much money you’ve saved and how many calories. Very motivating!
Put mistakes into perspective
Success is not about doing something perfectly and without failure. It’s about having the courage to do it in the first place. If we only ever did things that we were sure we wouldn’t fail at, then we wouldn’t get very far. Try and see a slip for what it really is: a lesson learnt, a bump in the road. It’s a chance to review what’s working and what’s not – and then move on.
Now I’d love to hear from you…
What’s your number 1 focus this month? If you have any I-wish-I’d-thought-of-this-sooner tips or advice then please leave a comment below and let me know.
Thanks for reading. Have a lovely week!