If you are on a booze break, whether this is your first alcohol free challenge or you have several under your belt, it’s important to have a plan. Here are 7 Drink Fit Club strategies for when you are partying without the booze!
Meet Basic Needs
Rest, eat, hydrate meditate or pray, deep breathe and try to move your body. Even a short walk each day is better than nothing.
Take bath, stream a show, read, spend time in nature, have coffee with friends, explore old and new hobbies — whatever downtime looks like for you.
Try not to overcommit. Say no to commitments, obligations and gatherings you need or want to say no to. No is a complete sentence.
Treats & Rewards
Celebrate, don’t be stingy with yourself. We are used to alcohol as a reward. Retrain your brain to get excited about things other than wine time. Get happy little dopamine hits naturally.
Rest, eat a snack, bring replacement drinks or call ahead to ask what’s on offer, arrive early and leave early, have a buddy on standby to text if you get nervous or tempted to slip up. (This is a good cue to make exit.)
The average craving — for drinks or sweet or salty treats, for example — lasts 20 minutes. Find something else to do, then check in with yourself. The craving will likely have passed.
There are so many fun alternatives these days, both those that taste like the real thing (avoid if it will make you want the real thing) and new options. Experiment!
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Bonus: Have Faith!
You’ve got this! And if you slip up, just dust yourself off and begin again.
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