“New year, new me” has never been more applicable to the upcoming new year. Mask wearing and social distancing is certainly not a thing of the past; but if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that our physical and mental health is essential to our well-being. Why not reset your wellness goals and improve your overall state of health at the start of 2021?
Going alcohol-free may seem absurd nowadays (how will I finish this puzzle without having a glass of wine!?), but hear us out… participating in Dry January lets you reset healthy habits, set new intentions, and start the new year on a clean slate. New Year’s resolutions can be overrated and unrealistic; reach your goals one step at a time and go alcohol-free for 31 days. It’s never been easier with SipCozy and SipClean.
Why Go Dry?
Get That Deep Sleep:
Ever woken up at 3 a.m. wide-eyed after a night of drinking? That’s alcohol doing what it does best: ensuring your sleep is less than great. Alcohol degrades sleep quality and decreases “restorative” REM sleep.
Putting the booze aside for a month will help you sleep more soundly, allowing you to wake up well rested and energized.
Boost That Immune System:
Being intoxicated can suppress immune function, making you more vulnerable tot the pathogens that cause the cold and flu, among other things. Drinking can also cause inflammation throughout the body.
Taking a break from booze could help you better fight off any seasonal illnesses. Getting better sleep because you’re sober certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Your Skin Will Thank You:
Alcohol is a known diuretic, which means it will cause you to use the bathroom more than if you just drank water. As a result, it’s harder for the body to hydrate itself. Lack of hydration can lead to dry, lusterless skin. Fine lines and wrinkles will also become more visible.
Alcohol also reduces your Vitamin A levels, which is a powerful antioxidant and also has a key role in the production of collagen. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, which causes the face to “sag” and so alcohol is speeding up the aging process of the skin.
A New Relationship With Alcohol:
A month without booze offers you a new perspective on your relationship with alcohol. You might find that you no longer need to reach for that mindless glass of wine and see alcohol as more of a treat, than a daily indulgence.
Once you’ve completed the challenge, check in with yourself- how do you feel? Do you feel better, healthier, or more productive? Have you saved money?
Maybe you’ve found that you’re more energized without all these hangovers or you’re less anxious after a night of drinking. Or maybe you’ve found that you basically feel the same and just miss the social aspects of drinking with friends- that’s okay too!
Ditch the booze and reap the benefits of going alcohol-free.