So, you’ve made the decision to embrace sobriety, reduce your alcohol intake or go alcohol free? From better sleep patterns to reduced anxiety levels, increased energy, better nutrient absorption and less empty calories – and that’s just the start – your body and mind will thank you for this change, I promise.
Here are my top tips to make this adjustment a breeze.
1. Change up your routine
If you’re in the habit of pouring a wine while cooking dinner, heading out for knock off drinks every Friday or having long, boozy dinners with the girls, there’s no time like now to change up your routine.
Try preparing dinner in the morning so you can quickly throw it together in the evening, head to the gym or for a walk on Friday after work and enjoy brunch with the girls instead of dinner.
Avoiding situations that can provoke feelings of wanting to drink in the early days is crucial. Remember – it’s not forever, it’s just for now.
2. Read Quit Lit and listen to podcasts
When it comes to embracing a sober lifestyle, knowledge is power. There are loads of books (also known as Quit Lit!) and podcasts that are aimed at educating people on the impact of alcohol on our body and mind.These tools can help to get you in the right mindset for this change.
3. Have your fridge stocked with delicious alcohol-free alternatives
We’re now spoilt for choice when it comes to ready to drink non-alcoholic beverages! Coconut water is a great one to have in the fridge as it not only tastes great straight up and is a perfect mixer for mocktails, it’s also packed with hydrating goodness thanks to its naturally occurring electrolytes.
Check out my recipe for a super easy Quick Lychee Watermelon Mocktail made using Raw C Sparkling Coconut Water Infused with Lychee
4. Focus on what you are gaining, not what you are giving up
My final and most important tip – mindset really is everything when it comes to reducing your alcohol intake. It’s human nature to focus only on what you are missing out on, not what you are gaining.
But if we can flip our thought process from a deprivation mindset (I am missing out) to an abundance mindset (look at what I am gaining) a whole new world opens up. The Quit Lit and podcasts I mention above will help with this.
I’ll leave you with one final thought – I’ve never spoken to anyone who’s cut out alcohol or reduced their intake and regretted it. You’ve got this!