When Drinking Doesn’t Feel Good Anymore
After a year of reasons to have a glass of wine at the end of the day, our Brand Editor decided it’s time for a Dry January. Here’s how it’s going so far and what she’s found helpful in the process.
“I started Dry January but stopped it on January 6th, due to the coup,” wrote a New York City-based attorney. “I’m a little uncomfortable with my relationship to alcohol, and it’s something I’m trying to understand more in the new year.”
“I’ve done Dry January in the past, but this year it felt more important, because I felt the need to mentally, emotionally, and physically reset. In the place of drinking, I decided to try to invite some healthy habits in. I am increasing my water drinking, I’ve tried (unsuccessfully) to meditate more, and I’ve attempted to just be more present and aware. The white supremacist rally on the 6th almost broke me down enough to want a drink, but I didn’t have one.”
Beyond the kind words and solidarity from other women who are attempting Dry January, I’ve also found a few other things that have helped me power through: Quit Like a Woman, the Chrissy Teigen-recommended book on alcohol and women; an elongated bedtime routine that includes taking baths (cliché, but it works); and using that extra bit of sober energy at the end of the day to finally organize my closets. Are you attempting Dry January? I’d love to hear what is (or isn’t!) working for you. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org—and good luck!
If you are struggling with addiction and need help, visit alcohol.org for resources.