Why ditching alcohol should *not* be on your New Year’s resolutions list.

If all-or-nothing drinking has become a habit you’d like to crack, the good news is that habits – like smoking, excessive online shopping – are not set in stone.

The healthy intuitive.

The opposite of the perfectionist drinker is what Foster calls the ‘healthy intuitive’ – someone who is present, is open to error, much more flexible to changes, and knows life is very rarely perfect.

It’s important that this part of ourselves becomes more present in order to balance and reduce the high expectations of perfection, says Foster. 

“We all have this intuitive part but through life experiences, we often curse its presence because being healthy, calmer and more in tune has become foreign to us emotionally,” she says. “This wise personality trait knows alcohol is a symptom of being too driven and is a way to escape the demands of life.”

Foster used hypnosis techniques to help her clients bring this state forward. 

“During hypnosis, the mind and body can become familiar with drinking from a calm space,” she explains. “While in this state, the mind can develop healthier sober coping strategies without reaching for the bottle as the answer. Like all habits, it takes practice, but living life with more wisdom is a habit you can learn.”

Of course, there are other techniques you can use to help you drink more mindfully. If you want to curb (not quit) your drinking, Foster suggests these tips:

  • Write down what your inner perfectionist is saying to you. Keep a diary for a week to understand the power of its demands and, in particular, what it says before you drink.

  • Find ways to be present and relax without alcohol, such as a yoga class or spending time with a funny friend who doesn’t drink. Remember, you don’t have to quit – this is about what you can add to your life to boost your ability to be present, not about taking something away. 

  • When you know you’re going to be consuming alcohol, before you have your first drink, find ways to be present so your mind becomes familiar with other ways to be in this state.

  • After each glass of alcohol, hydrate with a glass of water. This will train your mind and body to balance and slow the drinking down.

  • Avoid drinking with friends who like to drink in an out-of-control way – who like it when you drink in the same way – until you gain the confidence to drink in healthier ways.

  • Make a date with yourself to check in with your weekly coping strategies to see if they are aligned with wisdom or if they drive you deeper into high expectations of being perfect.

Georgia Foster is known as the Alcohol Reduction Expert. Her program, 7 Days to Drink Less, is available here.

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