Have you ever participated in 'Dry July' before? If you haven't heard of it, it's a public health campaign where people all around the United States, Australia and Europe decide to abstain from alcohol for the month of July to raise money for cancer. The Dry July Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to raising money for those who have been affected by cancer.
Here at Reframe, we believe in taking small steps each day to change one's relationship with alcohol. Dry July may seem like a big step, but what better reason to take a break than for a great cause? Not to mention the many benefits of taking a break from booze.
Let’s Talk Benefits
1) Healthier appearance: Even over the course of a month, your body can experience changes when you cut back on or abstain from alcohol. Alcohol can have a dehydrating impact on the body, making many features dull and dry. Say 'hello' to radiant skin and brighter eyes! Not to mention, less alcohol can lead to weight loss.
2) Improved energy and sleep: There's been a rumor that alcohol can improve sleep, but actually, it hinders it. When you participate in Dry July, you'll find yourself waking up feeling truly rested and having enough energy throughout your day. In addition, you won't have to worry about hangovers!
3) Saving money: When we're spending on alcohol, it adds up so, so fast. When you set goals to cut back or abstain from alcohol, you're automatically going to spend less money.
4) Better and brighter moods: Alcohol interacts with our brain's chemicals in a way that can lead to increased cortisol, or the stress hormone. This means that someone who drinks often may suffer from increased stress due to actual physical effects. In Dry July, you may experience decreased stress and better moods.
5) Assessing how your body feels when cutting back: Here at Reframe, we think one of the greatest aspects of Dry July is the opportunity to see how your body feels with less or no alcohol in it. It may be a bit of a transition period for you, depending on how new you are to this lifestyle of a changed relationship with alcohol. You may experience setbacks, you may experience amazing benefits, but no matter what, you'll have a better understanding of your own body and how alcohol interacts with it. And that, we think, is priceless.
Quick Tips on Participating in Dry July
- Think about it ahead of time and set realistic goals for yourself. Take it one day at a time.
- Ask for support from friends, family and other Reframers!
- Practice saying "no" to alcohol ahead of time. Remember NO is a complete sentence.
- Think of some coping mechanisms you can turn to, such as a favored hobby or movement.
- Keep track of your drinks (We can help with that!)
Interested in Getting Involved?
If you want to learn more about how you can raise money and get involved in the Dry July Foundation Campaign, head over to their website by clicking here and create your own team to start raising today!