Millions of individuals, every year, make it a goal to improve their health as part of their New Year's resolution. In what has become known as Dry January or Sober January, one of the most popular New Year's resolutions is minimising alcohol intake.
It is usually advisable to approach a challenge with a strategy for success. Dry January is not an exception, and there are easy actions that everyone can do to make the month as successful as possible.
EXPECT TRIGGERS AND CRAVINGS
All habits, healthy or otherwise, have their own unique set of cravings and triggers. Recognizing when we are likely to have a need for alcohol equips us to find an alternate activity during that time, or to adjust our routine enough so that we don't give in to the urge.
TAKE IT EASY AND BE FLEXIBLE
If a hiccup occurs during this period and you happen to drink, you don't have to assume that you must keep drinking. The objective is to eliminate as much alcohol consumption as possible in 30 days. Simply resume where you left off, and do not linger on it.
STICK TO ONE THING AT A TIME
It is in our nature to do too much at once and pile too many challenges on top of each other. In reality, the stress of dealing with additional challenges might reduce our chances of accomplishing our primary goal or succeeding at any one of them.