Thinking of taking on Dry January this New Year? Here are some tips that may help you along the way.
After the indulgences of Christmas and the holiday season as a whole, Dry January is a welcome vacay for your liver (and your wallet!), along with being a great way to kick off the New Year. Whether you’re participating because you want to start the New Year off a little healthier, cut back on drinking, save money, or just to give yourself a challenge, take a look at our top tips below to help you out along the way.
Some things are just easier when you have someone right there with you, and Dry Jan is no different. Try and rope in a friend, family member, or your S.O., and there will always be someone else at the party with a vodka soda, sans the vodka.
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? Even if it’s something small like a some new make up or skincare, 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 – and in January our cities notorious humidity is thankfully still at bay. 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 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. Fancy getting crafty? We’ve rounded up some of the best creative workshops in the city.
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? Stuck for ideas? There’s plenty going on this month, and lots of free activities, too! Or you can always just stay home with a new book.
Replace cocktails with mocktails
Just because you’re not drinking, it doesn’t mean you’re social life needs to go out the window. Hong Kong has tons of amazing mocktails on offer, 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.
Realise you can still have fun
You may realise that you don’t actually need alcohol to have a good time. Many of us are guilty of leaning on one or two glasses of wine 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. What’s more, you’ll feel all the better knowing that you had a good night and will be able to wake up the next morning without a sore head. It took us until we were well into our 20s to realise this, and it’s always nice to be reminded.
Whether you want to actually start using that pricey gym membership, join a sports team, or try out a challenging hike; 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, nothing’s stopping you from congratulating yourself with something special. Get a new hair cut, indulge in a spa treatment, or just buy those jeans you’ve been lusting after.
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 booze. Whether you’ve been more active, or have lowered your calorie intake (yep, forgoing those 2am nuggets might have made a difference), make sure you take time to see everything positive that has come from it. Your skin is also sure to be thanking you 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…
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 9 January, 2017 and was updated on 4 January, 2019.
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