This is a companion post to my blog: You Can Take 30 Days Off Alcohol
Disclaimer: These suggestions are for high functioning people who drink too much. My advice is not intended for those with physical addictions or medical conditions. Thank you for considering this advice!
READ BOOKS (Here are a few faves):
The Sobriety Solution by Jack Canfield and Dave Andrews
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Little Book of Big Change by Amy Johnson
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield
LISTEN TO PODCASTS:
The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
Take a Break From Alcohol with Rachel Hart
Experts on Expert with Dax Shepard
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
TALK TO SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE: Reach out to supportive people. Sober friends. Encouraging coworkers and people at your yoga studio or gym or church or neighborhood. Find a sober role model to inspire you. Phone a positive, healthy friend. Talk to positive people. Listen to funny podcasts or inspiring talks. Spend time with healthy people, even if it’s a happy person on a podcast.
DO FUN AND EASY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Do something physical and fun. Dance. Swim. Aqua Zumba. Yoga. Look up your rec centers or go to a park for free. Get out and move. Join a group of people. Even if it’s restorative yoga where you go and lay on the ground with other people. Get out of your house and get moving with others. Get out of your house. Get out of your house. Sit on the front doorstep of your house if that’s all you can do but GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.
START OR CONTINUE A MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: Write your thoughts in a journal or sit and observe your thoughts. Try meditation. Use Insight Timer app, Calm app, Headspace app, or just spa music on Spotify or the radio. Buy a meditation CD or soothing piano.
START OR CONTINUE A CREATIVITY PRACTICE: Find a creative activity that is low stress and imperfect and messy and yet still interests you. Paint terrible looking pictures and scratch out awful drawings and play bumbling music or color in coloring books or write sappy poems or sing off key. Bake an imperfect cake. Do a puzzle. Dance like no one is watching. Guess what? No one is watching. Have fun with art and music and creativity.
Good luck! Loving you out there! XO