Millie’s Sober Spring hacks - Week two

Millie Gooch | March 2024 | 5 minutes

As ever, Millie brings with her another set of brilliant weekly mid-week instalments to help you explore the sober lifestyle to the max. This week, Millie is looking at some unconventional help for not drinking.

A lot of advice around not drinking tends to revolve around similar ideas – exercise, eating well and getting enough sleep. But there’s also heaps of weird and wacky tips that come up from time to time. You might think it’s all mumbo-jumbo but there’s even some science behind them!   

1. Cuddle a furry friend

Spending quality time cuddling with your pet, whether it's a cat, dog, or any other animal companion, can release oxytocin and dopamine in the brain. These feel-good hormones not only promote bonding between you and your pet but also help reduce stress and cravings for alcohol. Studies have shown that interacting with pets can lower cortisol levels, the hormone associated with stress, thereby diminishing the desire to indulge in alcohol as a coping mechanism.

2. Get puzzling

Engaging in mentally stimulating activities like puzzles can divert your attention away from alcohol cravings and help improve cognitive function. Studies suggest that keeping the mind occupied with challenging tasks can interrupt the craving cycle and promote self-control.

3. Blow bubbles

Keep a bottle of bubble solution handy and blow bubbles when cravings strike. The simple act of blowing bubbles can mimic deep breathing exercises, promoting relaxation and providing a playful distraction from alcohol cravings.

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