It doesn't matter you're returning for another month off the booze or just stepping into the ring for the first time, the decision to embrace a booze free month is a commendable choice that promises endless positive outcomes.
As we delve into the strategies and tips for navigating an Alcohol-Free (AF) month, let's keep in mind:
It's not about what you're giving up, but all about the incredible gains you will experience to thrive in life!
Define Your Why
Take a moment to reflect on the driving force behind your decision to take a break from alcohol this month. Capture your thoughts in a journal; it'll be your trusted companion during moments of uncertainty. Outline your aspirations and how you anticipate feeling throughout the month. Don't forget to note your moods, energy levels, and a daily gratitude—every positive step counts.
Sprinkle Variety into Your Routine
Identify those regular moments when a drink would usually be in hand and spice things up with fresh activities. Whether it's a post-bedtime run or a relaxing Friday night bath with a captivating book, introducing variety to your routine can make all the difference.
Tackle Cravings with Grace
Expect some cravings during your AF adventure; it's a natural part of the process. Remind yourself that cravings typically only linger for 5 to 20 minutes. Experiment with coping mechanisms—give a friend a call, take a brisk walk, or immerse yourself in a good book. Stay present, acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, and document them in your journal.
Self-care and self-awareness are non-negotiable on this journey. Treat yourself to the luxury of time—no more mornings wasted nursing hangovers; this is your time to shine! Listen to your body using the HALT method—check if you're Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, and address those needs to prevent self-destructive behaviours.
As improved sleep and an overall sense of well-being become your allies, engage in physical activities. Whether it's leisurely walks, hitting the gym, or family bike rides, any form of movement will boost your dopamine levels and give you that delightful feel-good sensation.
Connect and Seek Support
Stay motivated and connect with friendly faces on a similar journey. Consider going AF with a buddy, joining an online community, or exploring self-help books to deepen your understanding of how alcohol impacts us. If you're pondering a more permanent shift towards sobriety, consult your GP or a psychologist for professional guidance.
Mind The Sip is an inclusive mindful drinking app help you reassess your relationship with alcohol. It provides you with the tools and resources to cement a lifestyle free from hangovers, regrets and excess expense.
This Naked Mind is a great book with a positive solution that gives you freedom in your relationship with alcohol. Allowing you to look at your drinking without fear. Empowering you with the tools that give you your power back, enabling you to decide what is right for you – without illogical cravings or irrepressible urges.
Soul Sobriety provides specialist Grey Area Drinking (GAD) coaching and sobriety retreats, Soul Sobriety helps women transform their lives with positive changes for better health and wellness using a holistic approach.
Arm Yourself with AF Alternatives
Make resisting temptation a walk in the park by stocking up on delicious alcohol-free drinks. Having an adult-like alternative on hand not only helps you sidestep FOMO but also keeps you firmly on the path to success.
High Vibes Drinks is the best AF store going round 😊
I get it, because I have been there. Often alcohol starts taking more from your life then what it gives, there comes a time where it is no longer serving you. Take a leap of faith and give an AF month a try!
Trust me, you are not giving up anything, but gaining so much.
Good and high vibes await you! Love Elise
Depending on your level of alcohol consumption it could be dangerous for you to stop without medial assistance. This is an opinion piece and is not intended to be taken as medical advice. Please speak with your GP for health advice.