Taking on Dry July or just feeling a little sober-curious? Well you’ve come to the right place! Join us this month as we take on the 31 day challenge. We’ll be bringing you heaps of inspiring and motivational content from delicious alcohol-free mocktail recipes to tried-and-tested tips for getting through the weekend crunch.
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If you’re worried you don’t have the willpower to see it through, consult our tips below.
Don’t be too extreme
If you’re an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person, it’s easy to take challenges like Dry July to the next level. However, depriving yourself and pushing your body to the limit could see you fall short of your goal. While many Dry July participants choose to give up other vices like junk food or cigarettes at the same time, it’s important to know your limits. Don’t feel pressure to go full throttle – giving up alcohol is big enough on its own.
Focus on the positives
Switch your mindset from FOMO and sulking about all the fun you could be having to embracing your hangover-free Sunday mornings! Spend the time you’d usually be over-sleeping, catching up with friends or working out with your partner.
And no, meditation doesn’t have to mean the full shebang – it can be as simple as deep breathing exercises or using an app like Headspace. Meditation is simply practicing mindfulness through a technique that works for you. Meditation can be as easy as focusing your mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve mental clarity and an emotionally calm and balanced mind. When you’re feeling tempted to drink, try practicing your unique meditation.
Treat yo self!
Use the month off to reward yourself for your efforts by doing something positive for your general wellbeing. Book in that massage, haircut or reap the rewards of no alcohol on your skin by getting a facial.
Set a financial goal
The cost of drinking really adds up – use your detox to set aside the money you’d usually be dropping at the bar and put it to good use. We recommend making your savings tangible and putting them into a jar where you’ll see it every day to keep your head in the game. Set a goal, like an overseas holiday or putting it towards your house deposit, and make it happen at the end of July.
Friday and Saturday nights
There’s no sugarcoating it, Friday and Saturday evenings will be the hardest. Use this time wisely – plan your holiday, learn a new skill (a language for your holiday perhaps?!), try a new recipe or fitness trend.
While giving up drinking shouldn’t mean refraining from social situations all together, if this is a major trigger for you don’t feel shame in avoiding it. Social pressure is extremely tempting to give into – don’t make the challenge any harder on yourself than it needs to be. If possible, surround yourself with a support network of like-minded people also partaking in Dry July.
There are alternatives!
If you don’t want to miss out on fun or there’s a non-negotiable event that requires your presence, people don’t have to know you’re off the booze. Thankfully, these days, there are plenty of non-alcoholic alternatives like wellness tonics and 0% beer, which taste pretty legit! Your friends won’t even give a second thought.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: exercise is powerful – not just for the body but mind too. Not only will you not want to undo all your hard work but also you’ll be bursting with energy and endorphins, which is key when you’re going through a testing time.
Have a strategy in place
It would be totally naïve to think Dry July will be a breeze. Whether it’s after a stressful day of work or date night at your favourite restaurant, there will absolutely be times where your willpower is bordering on non-existent. It’s important to have a strategy in place for those times – we encourage a support person you can call in times where you need a pep talk.
Remember it’s only a month!
While 30 days can seem like a grueling stretch, it’s all about perspective. At the same time, it’s only a month! The more you think about how ‘long’ it is, the slower the month will pass.