The Benefits and Best Ways to Start Your Dry January

Have you been considering a sober lifestyle, or looking to take some time away from alcohol after the holidays? If you’ve been sober curious, you’re not alone, as more people begin to limit or completely stop their alcohol consumption. Limiting your alcohol consumption doesn’t automatically mean there is problematic behavior, but like any habit, it is often best in moderation. 

Whether you’ve found yourself struggling to moderate, or just want to take some time away from the ritual, we’re here to help you take on a dry January. Creating a new habit is hard, especially one that is so rooted in your lifestyle as you know it. Read on to learn some of the health benefits of sobriety, and tips to help you explore a sober curious lifestyle. 

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Benefit:
Improved health. Extended alcohol consumption can increase the risk of liver problems, heart disease, and certain cancers. But it’s not just the alcohol that encourages bad habits. Excessive drinking is also associated with binge eating and social cigarette smoking. Habits that would otherwise not be engaged without alcohol. By eliminating one poor habit, you could be creating positive changes that are also affecting your overall health. 

Create the habit:
Recreate your favorite mocktail. It can be tough to enter a social situation with a clear task bringing everyone together, a full cup. Order your favorite cocktail virgin, bring a new mocktail to a party, or explore non-alcoholic beers (we love athletic brewing!). With so many new options, even non-alcohol spirits, your taste buds will be satisfied. By giving yourself the ability to still be included in the activity, you’re more likely to stay committed to your new goal to stay sober. 

Benefit: 
Nurture your mental health. Stepping away from alcohol is not just for the physical benefits. While alcohol reduces inhibitions making you often feel lighter and less stressed, the reality is that alcohol can contribute and emphasize mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Ever wake up desperately concerned about your evening? The morning hang-xiety is real, and it’s something we’re leaving in 2022. Sobriety can help improve concentration, memory, and overall brain function. 

Create the habit:
Plan a morning routine you love. Take control of your mental health in 2023. Plan morning activities you love and look forward to. A walk, reading, or brunch; commit to a plan that you don’t want to cancel on. This isn’t just a way to bribe yourself into sobriety. When we follow through with plans we make, we build self trust. Every time you commit and follow through to your own plan, the trust you have in yourself deepens. Building strong self-trust allows for better decision making, and therefore helps build trust for other relationships in our life. 

Benefit:
Save some $$. Like most hobbies and activities, drinking can be expensive. If adding up your liquor bill for 2022 sounds scary, it might be time to consider allocating those funds. 

Create the habit:
Set something to save for. Whether it’s a monthly massage you may not usually schedule or funds toward your next vacation, you may be surprised at how much you save from alcohol expenses. Rather than feel like you’re missing out on an activity you once loved, by planning for another hobby or activity, you’re committing yourself to something else you truly want to do. It’s not about missing out, it’s about creating new experiences to look forward to! 

Benefit:
Earlier mornings = longer weekends. Ever feel like your weekend has passed you by? When our sleep schedule is disturbed, it doesn’t adjust back as quickly as we think. It is much easier to counter a late night out when not trying to also tend to a pounding headache. 

Create the habit:
Commit to morning movement. We may be bias, but our favorite way to start the day is an angles workout, even on the weekends. The controlled exercises at a slower tempo, means we can get our favorite movement in, even if we were out later with friends or our favorite concert. By starting your morning with movement, you’re releasing endorphins for added energy to get you back on schedule and through the day. Add more time into your weekend, and less disturbance to your sleep. Need to stay accountable? Join the angles: tall & strong 30 day challenge with at-home on-demand workouts, weekly coaching calls, and a private group for support!