Whether you’re cutting back, stopping for good or taking a short break, it’s often the little things that make a difference. You just need one thing to click and everything else starts falling into place. Here are 5 things to try this month that will support your sobriety and help you feel great!
Start treating alcohol like a doomed love affair
Ok, so in the early days alcohol promised you all kinds of fun and for a while, it seemed to deliver. But recently it’s caused you more than a bit of heartache. It’s time to make a clean break of things. Just like the end of a relationship, living alcohol-free requires commitment. There will be good days and bad days, rocky patches and feelings of doubt, but ultimately you can only move on if you stick with your decision. Start focusing on what you’re gaining, not what you’re losing. By letting alcohol go, you’re making space for other (good) things to arrive in your life.
Have more snacks
Yes, you read that right! A lot of people find 5 – 7pm particularly tough. It’s the end of the working day, the start of ‘me time’ and it’s wine o’clock: a socially acceptable time to drink. It’s also a time of day when we’re likely to be hungry, tired and dehydrated. A fatal combination. Try eating a healthy snack and drinking a bottle of water at this time – it really makes a difference. If you’re struggling, some dried fruit or sweets will give you a boost until you can get something else to eat.
Treat yourself to a subscription
Sober treats and rewards are really important because you don’t want sobriety to feel like deprivation. Looking after yourself is a big part of getting better and staying sober. So treat yourself to a magazine or an audiobook subscription. Sign up for monthly deliveries of fresh coffee or tea, flowers or beauty boxes. You can get subscriptions for all kinds of wonderful things, from chocolate brownies to cheese! It might seem extravagant, but you’re saving a lot of money on booze. So go on … you deserve it.
Keep a diary
It can seem as if cravings come out of nowhere. One minute you’re fine, the next you’re not. But cravings are actually quite predictable. Your drinking had a certain rhythm and routine to it, and so do your cravings. They might be linked to times of day or how you’re feeling or where you are. Once you know what your triggers are, you have a fighting chance of preventing them or at least being prepared for them.
Reconnect with an old friend – or make a new one
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said that ‘we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with’. We are greatly influenced by those closest to us, whether we like it or not. It affects our way of thinking, our self-esteem and our decisions. So – who are the 5 people you hang out with the most? Are they positive influences in your life or are they holding you back?