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Self-Reg & #DryJanuary

Like many people, my wine consumption increased during the pandemic. In an effort to be more mindful about my alcohol consumption, I decided to try a 30 Day Alcohol Free challenge with #soberoctober. I found that many of the Self-Reg strategies I had learned were very applicable. If you’re considering doing #DryJanuary or just want to be more mindful about your alcohol consumption, remember to have ‘soft eyes’ for yourself on this learning journey.


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Jamie Barker
Jamie Barker
04 de jan. de 2022

Thank you so much for sharing, Lisa! I actually had this conversation the other day, about how I've been trying to be mindful of my alcohol consumption. I haven't quite made it to the Sober January challenge, but I noted small ways in which I've made adjustments from the beginning of the pandemic versus where I am at now. Small things such as only drinking socially (virtual gaming sessions, New Years, etc.) and not having wine in my house was I think an an unconscious decision I made. With the colder weather, I am also prone to SAD so I think that has been something on my mind as well.

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Lisa Cranston
Lisa Cranston
12 de jan. de 2022
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Thanks for your response. Being mindful of what we consume is so importan, whether it’s food, alcohol or even social media. In regards to SAS, one of my friends has been using light therapy for SAD this winter and feels it has been making a difference.

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Liz Shepherd
Liz Shepherd
04 de jan. de 2022

This came at the perfect time for me Lisa! I've been feeling that too. My stack of empties during the pandemic has been too large and my Friday night routine has been maladaptive. Drinking used to be an occassional social thing and now it has become more of a daily indulgence. My partner did dry October and I knew I wasn't yet ready for that, but after the holidays it has been on my mind to take a month off. I think I'll take the approach of one a week as a treat.

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
20 de jan. de 2022
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Such a great point, Lisa! This makes me think about how personal Self-Reg is too. This conversation has me wondering about substitutions as we begin to give certain things up. Hmmm ...


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Melissa Pinnell
Melissa Pinnell
03 de jan. de 2022

You had almost perfect timing… every January I tend to do a no online shopping “reset” after the holidays. Often it ends up being an excuse to walk to a local store or get out during dark cold days. Usually not too tough, but this morning I realized it wasn’t the year for it. If online shopping meant avoiding crowds at the drug store during COVID spikes that was a-ok with me. This year it would have been a control and not a regulating goal so… realized that some reframing was needed to think of the why behind behaviours.

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Lisa Cranston
Lisa Cranston
12 de jan. de 2022
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Thanks for responding. “Why and why now?” is such a powerful tool for reframing our behaviour and for using soft eyes. I’ve been doing more online shopping than usual but I’m trying to order direct from smaller local companies or individuals on sites like Etsy. This allows me to avoid crowds during the latest wave of the pandemic and still try to support local and small businesses.

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
03 de jan. de 2022

Thanks for sharing your story here, Lisa, and sharing what you've done to help make a #soberoctober successful for you. I've never really been a drinker (except of coffee), so I don't have my own ideas to contribute, but I wonder if your post will have others viewing these challenges through a Self-Reg lens. What other ideas might they share? Thanks for starting the discussion!


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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
03 de jan. de 2022
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This sounds so exciting, Lisa. I really hope that you do vlog again.


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