Self-care trends are nothing new. Relaxation, exercise, good nutrition, and mindfulness trends have been around for decades. Chances are you’ve tried at least one.
However, an increasing appetite for wellbeing has driven the boom of a newer trend known as mindful drinking. Increasing in popularity, it’s a self-care trend that’s here to stay.
What is mindful drinking?
Mindful drinking is about building a healthier relationship with alcohol. It’s about being mindful of how much alcohol you consume and how often you consume it. While everyone’s alcohol consumption is different, mindful drinking generally means drinking less.
The growth of mindful drinking
In recent years, people have become increasingly aware of the negative impacts of alcohol on their health. Consequently, many are choosing to cut back or stop drinking altogether as they realise the benefits of drinking less.
The growth of mindful drinking has banished the ‘all or nothing’ mentality of drinking. Instead, we can enjoy a drink when we want to, but remain in control and monitor our consumption to prevent the negative consequences.
Non-alcoholic drinks support mindful drinking habits
With so many non-alcoholic drinks available on the market, mindful drinking is easier than ever.
Replicating their alcoholic counterparts, these drinks taste like the real deal and mean you can join in celebrations with a delicious drink in hand. No negative consequences, no regret and no missing out.
What are the benefits of mindful drinking?
Mindful drinking comes with so many benefits. However, most are related to improved health and wellbeing.
Without alcohol in your system, you’ll sleep better, and have increased energy, motivation, and focus. Cutting down on drinking will also help improve your physical fitness and help you lose some kilos.
Establishing mindful habits
Before committing to mindful drinking, think about your relationship with alcohol and your current drinking habits. Think what you want to achieve with mindful drinking and implement some rules and boundaries around drinking alcohol.
Commit to alcohol free days, offer to drive to events or social gatherings or limit yourself to a certain number of drinks when out.
It’s also important to be aware of how many drinks you can have before you reach your ‘tipping point’ – the point when all your limits and rules go out the window.
Mindful drinking strategies that work
Savour your drink - Drink slowly and take time to enjoy your drink. Notice the flavour and texture.
Plan ahead - Before going out plan to limit your drinking to one drink per hour or to a maximum of 1-3 drinks in total. Plan to alternative water between drinks.
Stay hydrated - Drink lots of water before and during drinking, particularly if you feel thirsty.
Be aware of your triggers - If social anxiety is a trigger for drinking, avoid gatherings where you’ll feel uncomfortable until you’re more confident that you can attend without a drink in hand.
Switch to alcohol free drinks - The easiest way to practise mindful drinking is to switch to non-alcoholic alternatives such as non-alcoholic wine, beer or mocktails. With so much choice you’re guaranteed to find something you love so won’t feel like you’re missing out at all.
Irene Falcone is the founder and CEO of Sans Drinks, Australia’s number one alc-free superstore.