Millie’s Sober Spring hacks - Week nine

Millie Gooch | May 2024 | 5 minutes

Sober influencer extraordinaire Millie Gooch brings three weekly 'hacks' to power through your mid-week slump. This week, she’s digging into understanding what your brain needs when you stop drinking.

Transitioning to a sober or sober curious lifestyle can be a pretty hefty change, especially for your brain, which has to adapt to the absence of alcohol. Here's how to support your brain during this transition, ensuring you remain tip-top throughout Sober Spring.

1. Eat for your brain

Focus on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and flaxseeds, which are known to support brain health. Foods high in antioxidants, like berries and nuts, can also help fight oxidative stress that may increase during early sobriety. Also, include complex carbs such as whole grains, which provide a steady release of glucose to fuel your brain, keeping your mood and energy levels stable.

2. Stay hydrated 

Hydration is key to helping your brain function optimally. Without alcohol, your body will require different amounts of fluids to maintain balance. Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day, and consider adding electrolyte-rich drinks if you find yourself especially active or if you sweat a lot.

3. Mental fitness 

Just as your body needs physical activity, your brain benefits from mental exercise too. Try activities that challenge your cognitive functions, such as puzzles, reading, or learning a new skill. This not only improves brain health but also helps manage any cravings or triggers by keeping your mind occupied.

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