The number of people 'doing Dry January' is on the rise. Maybe you yourself have shunned alcohol for the first 31 days of the year. Dry Jan is usually seen as a way to atone for the sins of Christmas but it's about this time in the month that those who've signed up start to regret their decision, and what once seemed easy, whilst still reeling from a New Year's Eve hangover, now seems almost impossible. So, how do you make it through Dry Jan?
Our top tip? See it as an opportunity! Stop focusing on what you've given up, and no more counting down the days until February 1st! Strengthen your resolve to go alcohol free by looking at how you can make the most of Dry Jan. Why not focus on really progressing with your workouts this month, and take advantage of being up early and having more energy. Reclaim those lost weekend workouts and enjoy being hangover free!
We've teamed up with the wonderful Laurie from Girl & Tonic to bring you 4 tips to enjoy Dry Jan. Girl & Tonic is for people who want to do more, drink less and work through all the sh*t to find their version of wellbeing. Sounds good to us!
1. Understand what makes you want to drink
To enjoy your Dry January experience, and to stick to it, start to notice when it is you feel like you’re really missing out. Is it when you’re stressed out at work and want to relax? Or when you want to celebrate your new job? Once you’ve noticed why you want to drink, it’s easier to switch it out with another activity. Take a bath to relax and celebrate a new job with a lie in or a nice meal out instead.
2. Plan your drinks in advance
Whilst January tends to be quieter than other months, there will be occasions when you’re due a meal out or a birthday celebration in the pub with your friends. Don’t feel like you have to avoid it because you’re not drinking but plan what you’re going to drink in advance to steer clear of temptation. Lots of pubs and restaurants have a variety of alcohol free drinks these days, you can check out their menus beforehand to decide what you’ll drink before you get there and if you’re London based Club Soda can recommend the best pubs for booze free drinking and encourage you to embark on a Mindful Drinking Pub Crawl.
3. Reach out for support
January is a great time of year to be on the wagon as most people will be trying to improve their lives in some way (and lots of people you know may be doing Dry January too). If your friends and family don’t get it, there are lots of online resources and private Facebook groups for you to turn to. Saying no to drinks can be hard but remember why you decided to embark on the Dry January challenge, and check in with friends or online groups regularly. They will help you keep yourself accountable and celebrate your achievements. If you don’t know where to start looking, One Year No Beer have a very active Facebook group where you can check in for support or advice regularly, and if you fancy going a step further in your Dry January resolution they also offer a 90, or 365 day challenge…
4. Reward yourself
Celebrate the small wins. Stayed sober on your best friends birthday? Said no to a pint at the pub and opted for a Becks Blue? That’s awesome, go you! Waking up without a hangover can be even more refreshing the month after Christmas so make plans to do things you enjoy. Been saying you want to try rock climbing, now’s the time to book it! Always wanted to watch Breaking Bad? Treat yourself to a night (or seven) in and watch the boxset. Not drinking can gain you a lot of time and save you a lot of money, if you average £50 a week on two nights out you’ve saved £200 in a month of not drinking! Reward yourself by spending the money you’ve saved and/or enjoying your hangover free mornings.
Girl & Tonic's Laurie is a twenty something blonde, self acceptance & wellbeing advocate living life alcohol free. Read her blog at www.girlandtonic.co.uk.