As the new year passes, many will have given thought to going without alcohol in alignment with Dry January. From an emotional or psychological perspective, Dry January is about giving a closer look at our wellbeing and health. Staying dry from alcohol, smoking and unhealthy eating are the obvious choices although there are endless reasons to take part in Dry January.
According to research carried out at the Royal Free Hospital in London, 79% of participants who took part saved money, 62% had better sleep and more energy, and 49% lost weight. It seems like a no-brainer! Why wouldn’t you want to take part? Giving up these unhealthy habits for a month will help to instill a new sense of life into you and will undoubtedly leave you feeling refreshed.
During Dry January, you can also take the time to relieve yourself from thoughts and ideas which can compromise our functioning. How about instilling some self-compassion - regular practice fills our mind with kindness, pleasure, a sense of wellness and thereby hardly leaves any room for unhelpful thoughts to enter. Practising mindfulness helps to increase inner resilience along with physical activity and regular exercise helps to restore balance of neurotransmitters and helps maintain our 'dryness'.
At Living Mind, we can help you in a variety of ways to achieve and maintain this dryness, nourishing emotional health not just for January but for months and years to come.