Why Are People Sober-Curious?If you’re on TikTok or on any social media platform, you have probably come across content that revolves around nutrition and health. Specific examples of trending nutrional/health content include hot girls walks, internal shower drinks and the 12-3-30 workout. One thing all of these trends have in common is that they revolve around the betterment of the participant whether that be their physical, mental or emotional wellbeing. Trending content like this has a knoc-kon effect on its viewers such as increased awareness of the importance of health and wellness. In fact, younger generations such as millenials and generation z have been labelled the “wellness generation”, well at least by Katie Nermoe anyway.
How to Embrace the Sober-Curious Movement?It’s all well and good being sober-curious and wondering what life would be like without or with less. It’s a completely different story to actively participate in the movement. While it may seem daunting to a newcomer, here are a few ways you can incorporate a few elements of the movement into your everyday life.
Mindfulness is the state of being fully present and having moment-by-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings and touch. It’s important to note how specific actions and items make you feel. If something is making you feel bad rather than making you feel good, it’s a pretty good indication that it’s time to make a change. Mindfulness is an incredibly powerful and personal journey that when done right, is sure to make you in tune with your body.
Alcohol-free alternatives to your favourite tipple are a great way to moderate or cut down on your drinking habits. There are some great alcohol-free alternatives available, and as the market is increasingly in popularity, there are more choices now than ever before. We have a few recommendations – for beer, we’re going to be biased and say Quiet Noise BrewingShop (shocker), as Ireland’s first and only dedicated range of alcohol-free craft beers, it’s sure to pack a punch. For botanical spirits, Noki & Co. is a great addition to any mocktail! Finally, for wine, there seems to be nobody doing it better than French wine brand, Moderato!
Plan, plan & plan
The saying fail to prepare, prepare to fail holds some weight. Not all experiences or events will be sober-friendly and it’s important to note that this is, unfortunately, a part of life. Planning ahead is a great way to avoid any unwanted scenarios. One can plan ahead by checking out the menu for the restaurant/bar they are attending and looking for alcohol-free alternatives, or having an alcohol-free cocktail in mind when attending a venue.
The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviours and reflect your intentions. It’s important to make sure your circle is filled with people who respect your boundaries. This doesn’t have to mean saying no to any plans where drink will be present or cutting people who consume alcohol out of your life. Rather, going out with people who won’t try to dissuade you from sobriety or push your limits.
Regardless of whether you’re looking to reduce your alcohol intake or cut it out completely, it’s definitely an accomplishment to be proud of. We’ll raise our alcohol-free drinks to that!