Being aware of the impact of alcohol on our mind and body, both in the short and long term, allows us to drink and socialize more carefully. Essentially, drinking with a sense of balance, drinking, savoring and developing a sense of awareness.
Introducing a sense of ritual when consuming alcohol can help you relax in a mindset of conscious drinking and put theory into practice. How do you do that? Here are some steps and tricks to play next time you have a drink:
- Start by determining your own threshold – when are you still happy and having a good time? Hold on to that and don’t get too close.
- Plan your week: Do you have daily events? If so, will you drink alcohol at all events or can you choose to drink at both which you think will be worthwhile?
- Think about how much alcohol can affect your sleep: Drinking a little, drinking less, and drinking water before bed will help.
- With each drink you drink, drink a glass of water. Alcohol, like coffee, can be dehydrating, so it will help keep you hydrated and alleviate the hangover the next day.
- Take a moment before you drink your drink to smell it; Take a deep breath and take conscious note that you are savoring and sipping a drink.
- Be aware of the flavors you are drinking.
- Avoid injections because you will be drinking them in a matter of seconds when a real drink can be breastfed for half an hour.
- If alcohol was once your way of putting real life situations to sleep, then daily about alcohol, what it does, what you do and why you drink it. This will help you understand your own relationship with alcohol and create a new sense of awareness.
Understanding why drinking alcohol generates a sense of awareness and realizing that drinking can be a pleasure to enjoy changes the way you perceive it in general. Start by choosing the right drink for yourself, mindful of “quality rather than quantity” or conscious reduction, make conscious decisions and look at how many events, parties, celebrations you have and how rituals around these occasions can benefit your new lifestyle.
By becoming more aware of drinking alcohol, we can begin to see alcohol as a cultural sophistication, as something to be enjoyed and savored, as it should be. Knowing our own thresholds, understanding when we feel better and not feeling exhausted the next day, we can also enjoy it without feeling the negative physical and mental effects. Finding the process joyful, feeling good before, during and after, may take a little planning to get started, but it will soon become intuitive.
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