1. Communicate your intentions ahead of time
It’s best to tell your friends and family ahead of time that you won’t be drinking. Doing so will make them less likely to pressure you to drink during the party. It’s also important to tell them why you are not drinking. If you’re on the Mindful Living protocol you can say “My Doctor told me it was dangerous to drink on the protocol and even made me sign a contract.” If you have alternative reasons to put down the alcohol, it's best to communicate them in a transparent manner. People respect honesty more than anything else.
2. Always hold a glass of water
If you keep a glass of water in your hand, people will be less likely to offer you alcohol. They will see that you already have a drink in your hand and will not feel obligated to get you another one.
3. Walk away if you feel temptations
If this is your first New Year’s without drinking, remember temptations are normal. Everyone gets them and they never go away. No matter how long it’s been since your last drink, you will desire a sip sometimes. So, remember, just because you want to do something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Rather than falling for your craving, walk away from the situation. Leave the party and call someone and talk to them about your thoughts. Doing this will leave you feeling empowered about your choice when you return back to the party.
4. Drink coffee before you dance
Many people feel they need alcohol in order to loosen up and dance. While this may seem like the truth, it is the farthest thing from accurate. All you need to loosen up is good music and good company. But if you feel like you need something to energize you, try drinking coffee. The caffeine will hype you up and get you more active on the dance floor.
5. Remember 2020 only comes once
We are bringing in a new decade this year. Meaning it’s a big occasion. Don’t you want to remember it fully? The best way to do so is by staying sober. You can dance your face off, enjoy good friends and food, all without drinking alcohol. Take this advice to heart especially if you are on the Mindful Living protocol because having fun should not be at the expense of being healthy.