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Pro Tips for a Successful Dry January

Aplós, December 21st, 2022

With the holiday season over, we’re ready for a reset at the start of the new year. Whether that be with fresh intentions and goals for the year ahead, or a renewed focus on wellness, cutting back on alcohol in January is a great way to kick off the new year feeling present, refreshed, and centered.

Participating in Dry January doesn’t mean missing out on the social events or the fun typically associated with drinking. Non-alcoholic spirits mimic the ritual and social aspect of drinking without negative effects like disrupted sleep, empty calories, and hangovers. Here are three popular tips to set yourself up for a successful month of going dry.

1. Rethink the way you drink

Functional alternatives to alcohol offer a sophisticated way to indulge in the ritual of a traditional cocktail without negative effects on your health. Hemp-infused spirits offer a more natural way to unwind and are a great option for those looking to experience a gentle, calming sensation akin to that nightly glass of wine. For moments of revelry and those looking for a social lubricant during gatherings, try a non-alcoholic spirit infused with adaptogens designed to stimulate and elevate mood.

2. Start a new ritual

Identifying the times you normally reach for a drink will open the door to creating a new routine that doesn’t involve alcohol. If you find yourself needing to relax and unwind after a long day at work, try a 10 minute meditation or a walk outside in the fresh air. Research has shown that meditation has a positive effect on reducing stress and anxiety while alcohol actually contributes to a less-than-ideal mental state. 

3. Find your tribe

Having a support system is one of the best ways to ensure success when trying something new. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals cultivates a positive environment that ensures everyone’s mutual success. Recruit a friend or family member to partner with you on going dry for a month and enjoy a strengthened bond and new-found common ground. Aplós has created a private community of support on Facebook here.

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