By going sober for just 1 month, you’ll likely see at least a few benefits, like:
Strategies on How to Thrive During Sober October
- Keep busy with activities that bring joy
Sober October does not have to be boring! This is a great time to remember and reignite what you love doing. Starting a new home project or taking the class that you have been meaning to sign up for will fill time when you may be having a glass of wine. Exploring new recipes to cook and nourish your body while you are reaping the health benefits of a month without booze. Lastly, getting out in nature can boost your mood and is great exercise to get endorphins going.
- Get friends and family involved for support
Developing some accountability around Sober October is a great strategy to get through the 31 days. Rallying friends and family can help keep you on track and motivate you at times when you are feeling in a slump. Doing Sober October is also a way for you to connect in new ways with family and friends and strengthen the resolve to stay dry for the month.
Planning ahead for social gatherings will be important. Consider bringing your own beverages or inquiring about drink options before arrival. Also be prepared for people to offer you alcoholic beverages and be ready with a response such as “No thanks, not tonight” or “I am doing Sober October so I am good, thanks.” There is no need to avoid social events, however being prepared will help you achieve your goal.
- Gather Non alcoholic drinks and new mocktail recipes
Staying sober for the month does not have to be boring! There are many non-alcoholic drink options on the market catered to people who are sober or simply want to cut back on their alcohol intake. BetterRhodes is a great resource for any and all non alcoholic drink options and mocktail mixers to keep the month exciting!
- Keep things in perspective
You can expect that moments during Sober October will be difficult, changing habits is not easy and takes work. It will be important to remember why you began this challenge whether for charity or health, and focus on the positives such as all the health benefits gained during this short time. It’s also important to keep in mind that the month is just that, a short period of time, and once the month is over you can re-evaluate your alcohol intake then and imbibe responsibly, and perhaps more moderately. It is also valuable to tap into the wide online presence of people participating in Sober October to know that you aren’t alone.