When I first quit drinking, I thought I was saying goodbye to fun trips away with friends.
I couldn’t have imagined going away for a girly weekend in Paris, and watching the people around me sip cocktails whilst I stayed sober.
How times have changed!
I’ve just got home from a few days in a country that’s obviously renowned for its wine, I was there with friends who both enjoy a Kir Royale – and it was absolutely perfect.
Watch today’s video to find out how I shifted my mindset…
Go back to basics
At the end of the day, all we’re talking about here is putting a different liquid in your glass. It’s good to remember that, especially when we’re making a really big deal out of it! You still get to have everything else about the experience. In fact, you get to have more, because alcohol isn’t stealing from you. It isn’t taking your time, money, energy or brain space.
Get clear on what the trip is about
No trip is ever just about drinking alcohol. If that’s all it was about, you’d never leave home! For me, this weekend in Paris was about spending time with two friends who I don’t get to see that often any more. It was about exploring the city as a tourist for the first time in years. It was about celebrating the fact that I’ve got a big birthday coming up soon. It was about eating croissants from a proper French bakery. It was about so much more than the type of liquid in my glass.
Don’t romanticise drinking
We’re great at performing reality checks in other areas of life. For example, in the Netflix show Emily In Paris, everyone wears designer clothes and totters along the city’s cobbled streets in heels. That’s not real life – and most of us wouldn’t even think of trying to emulate that. It’s just a TV show after all. So don’t forget that the drinking scenes are also fake. Real people do not use an addictive drug like alcohol with ease and glamour (and they don’t escape the regrets or the hangover!)