Happy New Year! As we welcome a fresh start, many of us are embracing Dry January, a time to reset and focus on our well-being. Whether you’re a seasoned participant or curious about the benefits of a month without alcohol, Down to Earth is here to support you and set you up for success. Join us in raising a glass to health and happiness - no alcohol needed. Here’s to discovering your new favorite way to toast to the good times!
According to WebMD, abstaining from alcohol may increase traffic accidents from driving under the influence, help your heart and liver be happier and healthier, and assist in losing weight. Abstaining from alcohol could also improve relationships (with yourself and others), have a clear mind, lessen illness, and improve sleep. All great impactful reasons to take part in Dry January. What’s Dry January? Dry January is the brave challenge to abstain from alcoholic consumption for the first month of the year and bring in the New year with a healthier approach. As they say, “a month without wine makes your body feel fine!”. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
How to tackle Dry January
- Set yourself up for success by removing all alcoholic drinks within temptation’s reach. This will ensure a successful environment to thrive and achieve your Dry January goals. Try to swap out the wine for some fresh smoothie time!
- Find an accountability partner and ask ohana or friends to take the challenge with you. The saying goes “sharing is caring” and by sharing the challenge of sobriety, you're sharing the gift of wholeness and well-being for both the mind and body.
- Fill your calendar with activities you love to do or plan dates with your friends or loved one(s) and enjoy yourself during this time of reset.
Instead of adopting the bummer mentality of “I can’t drink”, try to reset and instead think “I have the choice not to indulge in drinking” because it isn’t a punishment but holds major benefits! Asking questions such as:
- Do you drink to cope with stress or when you need to relax?
- Do you drink more than the CDC recommended intake of 2 drinks or less in a day for men or 1 drink or less in a day for women, on days when alcohol is consumed?
- Has your drinking affected your personal relationships or your professional life?
If the answer is 'yes' to any of these, consider a challenge this month: Dry January.
Here at Down to Earth, our organic and local products as well as our friendly team members are here to support you! Come check us out at our Maui and Oahu locations.
Here are some of our stress-relieving and non-alcoholic bevy recommendations:
Down to Earth Remedies for Relaxation
- Gaia Herbs Calm Asap- Vegan liquid Phyto caps is one of our most popular supplements for anxiety and overall stress relief. It’s a mixed blend of all organic herbs of skullcap, passionflower, chamomile, vervain, holy basil, and English lavender. That’s a blend for chillax mode!
- Herb Pharm’s Anxiety Soother liquid tincture and Ashwagandha blends are our Wellness Manager’s personal faves, so you can trust they’re good!
- Good day Chocolate Calm supplement- both parents and kids love this calming chocolate. The back of the box has the proper dosing, snack responsibly!
Calming teas to try a mellow sip
- Yogi Blueberry sage stress relief, caffeine free, tea bags
- Yogi Kava stress relief, caffeine free, tea bags. Locals love the appeal of non-alcoholic kava, give it a try in your wind down time!
- Traditional Medicinal Lavender Mint Cup of Calm, Organic, caffeine free tea bags
Delicious Non-Alcoholic drinks
- Clever Mojito- truly a premium non-alcoholic delicious mocktail, feel free to add fresh mint leaves, yum!
- Tost Sparkling White Tea, Ginger & Cranberry-try this in a stemless wine glass to enhance this non-alcoholic bevvy, a “Tost to YOU!”.
- Sober Carpenter Blonde Ale- kick back, relax, and enjoy this non-alcoholic beer that’s crisp and refreshing.
Your Down to Earth ohana is here as a support system. Happy Dry January! Y’all got this!
Frysh, Paul. “12 Things That Happen When You Quit Drinking.” WebMD, WebMD, 28 Aug. 2023, www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/ss/slideshow-quit-alcohol-effects.