After a heavy weekend, or seven nights of drinking while on holiday, you may have decided to take a break from alcohol and give your body a well-needed rest.
It’s a tough feat though as you work out how to avoid the booze train in social situations, or after a stressful week at work. That’s why we’ve got some tips on how to make the process easier for you, as well as enjoyable.
See it as a challenge
If it’s not Dry January, you’re not pregnant or not ill, people may quiz you on why you’ve decided to do such a thing – especially with summer arriving soon. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family that you’ve set yourself a challenge, and that you need their help in completing it. Keep your response to ‘You’re not drinking?!’ brief, and if someone offers to buy you a beverage be confident in ordering a soft drink or coffee – you’ll feel better in the morning!
Make non-boozy plans
Not all your social events have to take place in a bar. When the weather is nice why not meet a friend in the park for a catch up, or stop by that exhibition you’ve wanted to see for months? Not only will you forget about your non-drinking regime, but you’ll feel a lot more cultured too. And if you’re single, you may even strike up an interesting, sober conversation with a potential beau. No beer goggles here!
Remind yourself of why you stopped
Whether you’ve quit for good or are taking some time out, during moments of weakness remind yourself of the reasons why you came to that decision. List them out, say them aloud or talk to someone else about them for reassurance. While at it, replace your drinking with something else that will benefit you personally. For example, use the time and money you used to put into buying alcohol into a gym class or sign up to an evening course.
Slip ups don’t mean failure
Everyone is prone to weaknesses, so if you do happen to have a sip or two while trying to go dry, don’t beat yourself up about it. Brush off your slip up, recover from it and move on – it’s not the end of the world!