Who participated in Dry January? If you did, it’s finally over, so now you can join in the libation fun.
As you get back into the swing of things, here are some tips on not going overboard.
Don’t take down 10 shots, 10 glasses of wine, or cocktails in an attempt to make up for what you missed in January. The point of Dry January was to improve your health, not end your life.
Start with just one shot or glass, and then if you feel okay, maybe a second one. You can always have more at a later time.
It’s always best to have a plan. Usually, when someone has a plan there’s a higher chance, he/she will follow through with what is intended. If you need to tell someone what your plan is, so you feel like you’ll be more accountable the that’s not such a bad idea.
When it’s been a month without alcohol, your body isn’t used to it. This means that it will be easier for you to get dehydrated from the alcohol you put into your body now. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and night, so you don’t start feeling sick.
Create New Habits
You’ve completely cleared your system out of alcohol. This is the time to create new habits. If you didn’t like the way liquor made you feel but didn’t want to give it up before, just continue now not drinking it. You can stick with beer or wine instead.
You may want to create a new habit where you don’t drink as much throughout the week. Starting fresh out of January is perfect. Just go ahead and tell yourself that you’re only going to drink two drinks a week. Stick with that for as long as you want. It will be much easier since you’re not used to drinking as much.
Be Mindful at Parties
It can be quite easy to go overboard when you attend parties because you’re having a good time and don’t notice how many drinks you’re putting away. It may be a good idea to have a buddy with you when you’re at a party who can keep you in check.
Be Careful with Driving
You haven’t drunk for a while, so your body will likely react to alcohol differently. This means you may be too tipsy to drive home safely even if you are within the legal alcohol limit for driving.
Just until you know how your body will react, have someone else drive. As you get better at knowing if you’re okay with two drinks after your hiatus, you will get to a place where you will be able to drive yourself again. Or, you could implement the rule of no driving even with one drink. That’s probably the safest plan.
Ease into It with Style
If January is Dry January, February is Wet February. Celebrate in style with your best outfit and heels. January has been a tough month for everyone following Christmas. You don’t need to break the bank to look good. Try Uppersoles cheap block heels to complete your outfit! This way you’ll have a fresh new look for your brand-new way of drinking. You’ve done a great job the first part of the year, so continue it with being mindful of your drink-related plans. You’ll have just as much fun AND feel so much better overall.