When you’re planning to make a change in your habits, it’s important to prepare. Taking time to reflect on your behaviour will help you plan for those moments of weakness and achieve your goal of 28 days completely alcohol-free. Many people don’t know how to stop drinking, so we’ve created a plan to help you stop the cycle of drinking for a healthier lifestyle.
When and why do you most often reach for a drink? Perhaps it’s usually stress at work, a night out with friends, or a celebration. Maybe it’s just become part of your routine to uncork a bottle of wine while prepping dinner. Spend time thinking back to the times you imbibed in the last month, and jot down what was going on and how you were feeling.
Once you identify a pattern, be mindful of those triggers during your FebFast quest to quit drinking. Sometimes, just actively acknowledging the habit is enough to stop drinking in its tracks.
Giving up alcohol for 28 days doesn’t doom you to a month of ‘I’ll just have water, thanks.’ This is a great opportunity to get creative with your beverages! Visit specialty tea shops to find herbal blends and traditional teas that you love just as much as that glass of malbec. Play around with fun ways to flavour water, like cucumber and mint leaves, or blackberries and orange peel.
If you love the process of creating a cocktail, play around with making alcohol-free ‘mocktails’! Your friends probably won’t even notice the liquor is missing—except when they feel better than ever the next morning. If you want to splurge a little, invest in an at-home machine that will add carbonation to your drinks. Take that, champagne! When you stop drinking alcohol, it doesn’t mean removing the fun from socialising. There is a world of fun non-alcoholic beverages out there for you to explore.
Create a Ritual
Many people drink because it relaxes them at the end of a stressful day. Take time before you stop drinking for FebFast to develop a new ritual that will replace your evening drink. Pick up some aromatherapy oils to scent a bath; nothing helps you unwind better than a luxurious soak. Or, take a long walk in nature at the end of the day, a proven method for disconnecting and calming you. Even taking five minutes to stretch to relaxing music can be effective.
Carve out time in your day to sit and read for 30 minutes and start tackling that towering to-read list on your bedside table. Nightly reading is good for the mind, body, and soul, and you can easily turn it into a proper ritual. Change into your comfy clothes, cosy up with your softest blanket in your cushiest chair, light a candle, and pick up that book or tablet.
One of the most important steps in adopting a new routine is reinforcement. At the end of each week you go alcohol-free, take the cash you saved on booze and treat yourself to something special! It’s great motivation to stick with it.
Sign up for your alcohol FebFast today, and then use these tips to give your body a break when you learn how to quit drinking.