New Year, New You?
After the indulgences of Christmas and the holiday season as a whole, Dry January is a welcome vacay for your liver (or for your wallet!) and also a great way to kick off 2017. Of those who participated last year and who successfully avoided alcohol for the entire month; 79% stated that they did save money, 62% slept better and had more energy and 49% lost weight… sounds good to us!
What’s more, aside from the wallet-friendly pro’s and health benefits of avoiding alcohol, Dry January can help you to break out of your comfort zone and try out some new activities – so what’s stopping you from getting involved this month and seeing the benefits for yourself?!
Check out our top tips below to help you out along the way and we’ll power through together, girls!
Some things are just easier when you have someone there to help you out, and Dry Jan is no different. Rope a friend, a family member, or your S.O. in to joining you so that there’s always going to be someone to
suffer and go for a mocktail with! And if you’re new to the city, have no fear! We have some friendly tips to help you find your new BFF in the 852 here.
If by mid-month (or the first weekend) you are really feeling the struggle and in need of a little pick me up, why not use the money you would have spent on drinks to treat yourself with? Even if it’s something small like a new lippy (or some amazing cruelty free skin care), it may be just what you need to get you through. And physically seeing the amount you have saved might make you think differently the next time you’re about to splurge on that cocktail!
We know, January can be hard. After the excitement of Christmas, getting back into work and your normal routine can be tough, but at the end of a stressful day (when you might usually crack into a cool beer or pour yourself a large glass of vino), try something different instead. Running is a great way to get some fresh air and rid yourself of negative energy. Or if that’s not your thing, how about trying some yoga or making time for yourself with a digital detox? You’ll see the benefits in no time.
Get a New Hobby
Was your New Year’s resolution for 2017 to learn something new? Be it a language, a skill or something more active; now is the time to get out there and do it! By keeping yourself busy, you’ll be less likely to fall into your usual habits, plus if you don’t have a horrible hangover come Saturday morning, you’ll be much more likely to make it to that early class! And at the end of the month, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal. Check out some of our ideas for unique activities in HK here.
If you can usually be found in LKF come the weekend, or on any given evening for that matter; try to make an effort during Dry January to plan out some different activities. It’s a great excuse to check out some museums and art galleries, or how about booking into that show you’ve always wanted to see?
Just because you’re not drinking, that doesn’t mean you have to be a social recluse. Hong Kong has tons of amazing mocktails on offer (see our roundup here!), meaning you don’t have to miss out on any of the fun! They’re also likely to much cheaper than their alcohol-laden counterparts and will leave you feeling fresh the next day – a win-win.
Learn Something About Yourself
After a couple of weeks you may realise that you don’t actually need alcohol to have a good time. Many of us are guilty of leaning on that one glass of wine or two to give us a confidence boost; but after a full month of abstaining, you may come to realise that you’re just as much fun without it!
Get Fit (Again!)
Whether you want to actually start using that pricey gym membership, join a sports team, or try out some new hikes; not drinking will 100% make this easier and before you know it, you’ll be feeling better than ever!
Treat Yourself (Take Two!)
Okay, so you’ve already stocked up on some new makeup using that extra cash, but at the end of the month congratulate yourself with something special! Get a new hair cut, indulge in a spa treatment, or just buy those expensive new skinny jeans you’ve been lusting after (you might even find that they fit a little better now!)
Take Time to Notice Any Changes
It may just take a week, or it might take all month, but you will feel a little perkier after going without the booze. Whether you’ve been more active, or have lowered your calorie intake (from the drinks and the food that may come as a result!) make sure you take time to see everything positive that has come from it. Your skin is sure to be thanking you too after a fewer late nights, so you may even be tempted to carry on this new you for a little longer than your first thought…
Good luck, girls!