Dry January - Ok, but why?

Crossfit Torsion
January 30, 2023
Dry January - Ok, but why?

Many of our #realworldathletes committed to doing a Dry January (no alcohol) and they are finishing up the last 2 days of their commitment!

During the month, we have had a few random conversations with them but wanted to have a broader conversation with all of you about the impact of alcohol on our overall health and well-being.

Taking a month off from drinking can help you step back and examine your relationship with alcohol.

You might learn you depend on it to manage stress or feel comfortable in social situations. You might discover you feel better and think more clearly when not drinking.

If you participated, think back over the month – when did you miss alcohol the most? Did you miss it at all? Were your perceived stress levels higher without it?

Sometimes stepping away from something (this could be anything), is the best way to figure out the role it's playing in your life and allow you to decide if you are comfortable with that role.

Let’s say you DID discover that you use alcohol as stress relief. What do you do with that information? Are you OK with alcohol filling this role? Do you want to develop healthier ways to manage your stress? What does your ideal relationship with alcohol look like?

Spend some time reflecting upon the month and some of these questions. There is no right or wrong answers, only data that can help you to make informed decisions.

In addition to the commonplace role of alcohol to help manage stress, there may be some other positives you notice while abstaining.

Here are the most common ones:

If you completed Dry January, think back over the month, this list, and figure out what lessons you want to carry forward as you approach the rest of the year.

If you DIDN’T do a Dry January, maybe you can tackle this in a Dry February?

If the thought of doing it makes you uncomfortable, or even angry that we would suggest it -- consider that feedback as a nudge that maybe you SHOULD give it a try.


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