5 top tips for sticking to your Dry January resolution
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The doubts are steadily creeping in as the hazy cloud which hung over you throughout December lifts, and is replaced by an all too clear-a-view of the responsibilities in your sober life. You’re beginning to wonder why you ever considered giving up your favourite support mechanism.
But at the same time, are you not feeling a little more lively as you jump (well perhaps not jump) out from your duvet before midday? Is it not satisfying to get to three o’clock and to have finished all your chores? And how about that extra packet of crisps you don’t have to feel guilty for with the lack of liquid calories? Well, if you think the benefits of a dry January outweigh the risks then keep reading, because we have some top tips which might just keep you in-line until your inevitable February booze-up!Top Tip #1 Don’t, under any circumstances, even if it was an AMAZING offer, have alchohol in the house! Classic mistake. If you haven’t already donated your bottles to friends or given them to your parents for safe keeping then do so. If it’s not there you can’t drink it. Top Tip #2 Combine your staying dry resolution with getting to bed earlier. We all know that temptation is harder to refuse late at night, so even if you have a cheeky bottle stashed somewhere, you’re far more likely to forgo that ‘but I’ve been so good’ nightcap if you bring your bedtime forward by as little as an hour. And just think of the extra benefits you’re getting from that extra hours rest! Top Tip #3 Find a non-alcohol alternative to your evening drink. For some people this might be an actual alchohol alternative like alcohol-free wine, for example, or tonic and lemon just without the gin. But for others these alternatives might just be a little too close for comfort. So if that’s you how about a glass of milk? A homemade smoothie? Or maybe a simple decaf tea or coffee is more your thing? is there a flavoured tea you could try out? My personal favourite is the hot chocolate. Hot chocolate with marshmallows – and though this may sound like an unhealthy substitute, there are plenty of low calorie powders which won’t add a fraction of what’s in your usual Bailey’s.
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