I watched a movie over the weekend that I hadn’t seen for ages: Groundhog Day. Do you remember it?
The basic premise is, the hero (played by Bill Murray) keeps making mistakes that result in some sort of disaster… and so he keeps living the same day over and over again.
It’s a feel-good Hollywood film, so in the end he figures out what he’s doing wrong, gets the girl and breaks the cycle.
Now you may be wondering… what has Groundhog Day got to do with alcohol-free living?!
Well, it got me thinking about habits. When it comes to sobriety, there’s a pretty valuable takeaway from Bill Murray’s struggle that we could all learn from…
We are creatures of habit!
Most of us live the same day over and over. We go through similar routines, day in, day out, often on autopilot. When it comes to sobriety, your habits and routines throughout the day can set you up for failure or set you up for success.
Now’s the time to get clear on whether your day-to-day habits are helping or hindering your chances of staying alcohol-free.
“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
What habits could you programme into your day to make sobriety easier?
Think about the reasons why you drink. What triggers you? What could you do to either a) reduce that trigger in the first place or b) help yourself to deal with it better?
Here are some examples of healthy habits that will help you stay sober:
- Don’t check your email first thing. If you’re reading work emails whilst lying in bed, you’re going to get stressed out quickly. When you’re feeling overwhelmed before your feet even touch the floor, you’re more likely to ditch your alcohol free goals later on.
- Take a lunch break. Get some fresh air and go for a walk. Do not eat lunch over your desk.
- Set a reminder on your phone so you remember to drink plenty of water late afternoon and have a small snack. Don’t let yourself get hungry or thirsty as this makes cravings worse.
- Rethink your commute. Rather than viewing it as a necessary evil, turn it into something useful. Enjoy the time to yourself and make the most of the headspace. Read a book. Listen to a podcast. Keep a gratitude diary. Could you walk part of it? Do something that makes you feel good, so you start to decompress before you get home.
Let me know…
Is there a part of your daily routine that you’ve changed to make sobriety easier or your life better? What are you working on right now? Let us know in the comments 🙂