Tips for Challenge success

 

  • Stay motivated. Make sure you know exactly why you’re doing the challenge and remind yourself when times get tough. Jot it down on a piece of paper too!
  • Set a goal. Whether it’s clocking up 20,000 steps over a weekend, going for a run every day or getting eight hours sleep a night, setting a personal goal helps keep your eyes on the prize.
  • Team up. Take a buddy who’s also not drinking on a night out.
  • Keep busy. Take the focus away from the fact you’re hitting the evening sober by hitting the dance floor, playing games or going somewhere/doing something completely outside your comfort zone.
  • Find a new hobby. You might find you have some extra time on your hands so why not do all those things you planned on doing, once upon a time – start a book club or an indoor soccer team. Even adult colouring – that’s a thing now, right?
  • Treat yourself. Put the money you’re saving from not drinking to good use – maybe a weekend trip or that pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing off. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what a few espresso martini’s can buy you.
  • Have your answer ready. Just like our mates at VicHealth say, there’s no excuses needed when turning down a drink. That said, have a line ready about the #SoberSelfie Challenge in case someone asks why you aren’t drinking. Here’s a good one:

“I signed up to the #SoberSelfie Challenge so I’m going the weekend/a fortnight without booze, just to see if I could. It’s pretty cool, you just get to experience life without a hangover and take some photos along the way.

  • Hide any temptation. Get rid of those wine bottles sitting on the kitchen counter and the 6-pack in the fridge. You know what they say; out of sight, out of mind.
  • Get tasting. Keep your taste buds busy and interested with the non-alcoholic drinks on the menu.
  • Ask yourself why. In moments of weakness, as you reach for a drink, ask yourself why. Remember your goals and motivations when you signed up to the challenge.
  • And remember, you’re not alone. VicHealth research shows that 61% of young Victorians don’t go out intending to get drunk.