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Cultivating Self-Love by Living a Booze-Free Life

It’s a cliche, but it’s so true: the best and longest relationship you’ll ever have is with yourself.

Getting to know the real YOU, why you think the way you do, why you act the way you do, why you feel the way you do – that’s the true secret to living your most fulfilled life.

And you know what’s guaranteed to get in the way of knowing yourself on a deeper level? Yep, that’s right: ALCOHOL.

We don’t need to tell you the HUGE number of benefits of breaking up with booze, but this has to be one of the best. It can be terrifying, but it’s so worth it.

Learning to love yourself starts with KNOWING your true self and ditching the drink is the perfect starting point. Get used to spending time with yourself. Get used to embracing those uncomfortable moments where the voice in your head doesn’t say what you want it to. Build a real, fulfilling relationship where you can truly LOVE YOURSELF.

Here are our top five tips:

1. Make time for you

Embarking on a booze-free journey can feel exhilarating, overwhelming, exciting, daunting and liberating all at the same time. So whatever way you decide to do it, make time for YOU. Pay attention to what works, what doesn’t work, who supports you, who doesn’t support you, what you like, what you don’t like. And make time for the number one person in your life with this newfound knowledge – yourself.

2. Celebrate yourself along the way

It can be easy to get so focused on where you want to be that you forget how far you’ve come. Celebrate yourself and every little milestone of your booze free journey along the way. Reward yourself for things, no matter how small they might seem. Every moment counts and can help you cultivate a strong sense of self love.

3. Give yourself permission to rest

Going booze-free can be exhausting, particularly if you’re going all-in with the socialising side of things too. Give yourself permission to rest. Enjoy a slower pace of life, take more time to reflect on yourself and your journey, and focus on your mental wellbeing.

4. Know that it's okay to say no

Saying no doesn’t make you weak or a bad person. It can actually be one of the most empowering things you can do for yourself! Say no to situations that don’t make you feel good, people that don’t support you, and anything that gets in the way of your AF self-love journey.

5. Remember that it's not always going to be sunshine and rainbows

Going booze-free can be a beautiful journey, with so many positives and moments that make you smile. But it can also be full of dark times and moments where you think WTF am I doing?! Remember that it’s not always going to be sunshines and rainbows. But that’s okay. Have love for yourself throughout, particularly in the moments where you need it most.

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