When you first quit drinking, alcohol free living can feel a bit awkward.

It’s new. Different. Uncomfortable. 

You’re figuring out a lot of stuff you haven’t done before and trying to keep your head in the right place.

I know that sometimes, it can feel like a lot of work.

You wonder, “When does this get easier?” 

That’s exactly what this video is all about: 

Key points:

The secret to making sobriety feel less awkward

The key is to stop – and stay stopped – long enough for sobriety to become your new normal. If you quit from Monday to Thursday each week and then drink all weekend, you don’t ever do that. Instead, you end up repeating the hardest bit of sobriety (the beginning) again and again.

 

It’s a bit like starting a new job 

You wouldn’t come home after your first day and say, “I’ve tried it once and it was really awkward! What’s the point in going back and trying again?” You’d give yourself at least 3 months to settle in, knowing that it’s going to take a while to learn how everything works.

 

Why one month isn’t enough

If you always drink on a Friday night, then in a single month off booze you may only get to practice not drinking at the weekend four times. It’s hard for it to become your new normal in such a short space of time. You need a bit longer to adjust and feel less awkward.

 

Good goals

I recommend taking a break from booze for a minimum of 6 weeks – but 3 months would be better. There’s a lot of good that happens around the 90 to 100 day mark. If you need help to make that break happen, you can find out more about my Getting Unstuck course here.

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