Does your New Year’s resolution involve keeping your alcohol intake at the minimum? Yes, Dry January may be over, but if you’re looking to extend that one-month hiatus from drinking as much as you can, keeping your weekends busy is a great way to take your mind off gulping that ice-cold bottle of beer straight (oops, that didn’t help, did it?)!
Detox, unwind, and keep sober– here are 10 Fun Activities You Can Do on the Weekend (that doesn’t involve alcohol!):
Reconnect with nature and find a new hiking trail to visit each weekend! Hiking not only yields plenty of health benefits, which include reducing your risk of heart disease and high blood pressure, it can also relieve stress and increase creativity, which eventually leads to better mental health and longer life!
Volunteering can take a wide range of forms, depending on what issues you care about most. Check out soup kitchens, assisted living facilities, pet shelters in your area, and help out! There’s a sense of pride and joy in lending your community a helping hand, and it’ll keep your mind off the drinks for sure!
Treat yourself to a weekend of pampering and self-care, and come out feeling calm, recharged, and energized, ready to take on the challenges of the week ahead! Drinking after a stressful week may sound like a great way to regroup, but pamper sessions are just as relaxing and DON’T involve a hangover!
Skip the drinks and stay active this weekend! Sign up for a race, take a yoga class, go to the gym, or engage in sports– moving your body offers amazing health benefits, and it gives you a chance to meet new people too!
Get a completely different (and refreshing) perspective about the place you live by exploring your city. Head on to hotels, motels, or welcoming centers, take cheesy photos of yourself at the city’s tourist spots and engage in an activity that only your city offers. Get to know your city on a more intimate level and remind yourself that you can find beautiful things right where you are!
Catch Up on Your Reading
Catch up on your weekend reading list and let your imagination take flight into places unknown! Reading makes you culturally aware, hones your vocabulary, and it serves as a mental workout, too! Check out new titles online and discover new authors to put in a different flavor to your list!
Ah yes, the delicious smell of baked goodies! Whip up a batch of your favorite cookies or buy a new cookbook and try new recipes! Baking can be a therapeutic way to relax, but it takes time, patience, and a lot of love. Try it out for yourself and enjoy the delicious treats that you’ll end up with afterward!
D-I-Y-ing has been a popular trend even before the pandemic started, and if you haven’t joined the bandwagon yet, now’s a perfect time! From making your t-shirts to reusing plastic bottles, DIY projects present opportunities to express yourself creatively and give you a sense of satisfaction and achievement with little to no financial burden!
Find A New Hobby (or Revisit an Old One)
Hobbies are effective tools to give you purpose and occupy your mind. Find one that suits your interest, or revisit an old hobby you stopped doing because of a job or time constraints!
Try a New Restaurant
Yes, foodie, we’re talking to you! Want to keep your mind off alcohol? Try new restaurants this weekend! Step outside your comfort zone and eat something you normally wouldn’t! Food is a great diversion, no matter what it is you’d like to keep your mind off of, and it’s a mood booster too!
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Finally, it’s the weekend!🙌 What have you got under your sleeve?🤔
Aim for an alcohol-free weekend❌🍺 and try these fun (and sober!) activities instead!👍
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