Why should I try a “Dry January” in 2022?
New You, New start to 2022..
If you’re like most people on New Year’s Eve before the clock struck midnight, you were celebrating with friends, family, significant others, and most likely, alcohol. While the New Year is an anticipation to start new goals like hobbies you’ve always wanted to try, maybe some financial goals, the majority of resolutions are health related. Health can be a broad topic ranging from weight loss, starting a fitness regime, cutting out fast food, or eating more vegetables. A great way to kick off the New Year would be to cut out alcohol for the first month of 2022, or as most people refer to it, “Dry January”. This trend has become increasingly popular in the last 8 years. What started as a public health campaign in the United Kingdom has made it’s to the US and beyond.
Why try Dry January?
Lessening or eliminating alcohol consumption has massive benefits, even if it is only for a month. Alcohol can cause long-term health risks over time such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems, weakening of the immune system, mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, and much more. A study from BMJ Open shows that a short-term abstinence from alcohol shows positive changes in cardiovascular risk factors, liver functions, and cancer-related growth factors.
We’ve put together a few tips to help your Dry January be a success:
Get crafty with Mocktails 1
Remove the alcohol in your house 2
By doing this you can avoid temptation. This can seem obvious but an “out of sight out of mind” approach sometime is the best trick to get started.
Adjust your routine 3
If you’re on a normal routine of a nightly glass of wine to wind down from a long day, opt for a sunset walk or run instead. Perhaps this would be a good time to start a new gym membership or join a fitness class.
Encourage other people to join you 4
Having a support system that is on the same journey can be a huge role in your success. A friend, partner, or co-worker can be a great outlet to discuss how each of you is adjusting to the change and to challenge and motivate one another.
If you can’t find someone willing to join you don’t worry- Facebook has tons of Dry January or sober communities that offer support and advice you can join for free.
For more information on making small lifestyle changes with a big impact, read Age Later Book.