Week four: Getting your spark back

Millie Gooch | April 2023 | 6 minutes

Happy week four Sober Springers, we’re nearly at the one-month milestone so I’m bringing some joy to you today.

I’m Millie Gooch, founder of the Sober Girl Society, here to bring you some brilliant tips on tackling Sober Spring – the three-month break from alcohol.

Now, whilst this week’s wonderful Sober Spring guest blog aims to help you reframe your passions if they used to revolve around drinking, now is also the perfect time to reconnect with passions that don’t revolve around drinking, things which, thanks to drinking and hangovers, may have fallen by the wayside. Used to love reading? Used to go for a weekly bike ride? Now is the time to reignite your passions and reconnect with the joy you felt before alcohol became your default go-to for a good time.

Here are my top tips for working out what lights you up:

Make a list of things you used to love doing

Pull out a pad or the notes app on your phone and jot down everything you love doing that you may not have been making time for in recent months. This could be as small as having a bath or a hobby like taking photos. Once these are all in front of you – choose the top three things and quite literally schedule time for them into your calendar over the next few weeks.

Pick up any projects that you’ve discarded

Whether you started painting the bathroom and never finished it or got half-way through a cross-stitch that’s now buried in a pile – think about how you can use some of your free time to finally finish these jobs. Completing things can give you such a great feeling of satisfaction that you might find you often seek through alcohol.

Make an anti-bucket list (of sorts!)

Whilst bucket lists are traditionally a heap of things you would love to do before you die, this list is going to be something you do before you start really living! Pop on paper the dream things you’d love to do over the next few years and then think about how not drinking might get you to these goals quicker.

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