Earlier this year we shared a post exploring the Sober Curious Movement. ‘Sober Curious’ refers to people who are choosing to either take a break from alcohol for a short period of time or even permanently. It’s a term that describes people who are curious about different levels of living a sober lifestyle.
You could be exploring living a more sober lifestyle for various reasons and some days it’s definitely easier than others to choose to have a drink or not. Whatever your personal reasons for being sober curious, we want to help you along the way.
In this guide, we’re going to be sharing 70 ways you can practice self-care, treat yourself and show yourself some love when you’re not drinking. From hangover free mornings to enjoying a night out without alcohol, these ideas are bound to inspire you to think about your drinking habits and put yourself first, no matter the setting.
70 Ways to Practice Sober Self-Care
This blog post is meant to inspire. We’re not here to judge whether you should be living a sober lifestyle or not. Some people explore living a sober lifestyle to free up time or for the health benefits of giving up alcohol. Some people feel like they need to take a break from alcohol and others want to save money or have more clarity during the day.
Whatever your reason, come to this with an open mind and feel free to share it with a friend who you’d love to do these activities with!
Self-care ideas for a ‘hangover free’ morning
- Watch the sunrise (getting sunlight in your eyes first thing in the morning is so good for you)
- Breath in the fresh air
- Drink my favorite morning water (recipe here)
- Make your bed
- Spend 10 minutes stretching your body or doing a yoga routine
- Meditate for a few minutes
- Do your skincare routine or steal mine here
- Journal & plan your day
- Write down 3 things you are grateful for
- Enjoy your morning coffee or tea outside
- Put on your favorite song and dance around
- Send a message to a friend or loved one
- Do morning affirmations aloud in the mirror
- Read a few pages from a wellness or self-improvement book (our favorite book for the mornings is the Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday)
- Take a few deep breaths and relax your shoulders
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Self-care ideas for a sober afternoon
- Make a fresh, seasonal juice
- Take a power nap
- Go for a walk and listen to your favorite podcast
- Spend ten minutes decluttering your space
- Drink a glass of water
- Take yourself out to lunch
- Put your phone away and sit outside in the sun
- Watch an empowering TED talk
- Try a new hobby
- Do an art project
- Put on a happy playlist and sing your heart out
- Paint your nails
- Read a fiction book outside
- Declutter your inbox or desktop
- Make yourself something healthy and delicious for lunch
Self-care ideas for a sober night in
- Take a bath (or a long, hot shower)
- Cook a new recipe you’ve been watching to try
- Allow yourself to binge your favorite show
- Eat ice cream
- Exfoliate your skin with a dry brush
- Color in a coloring book
- Write a bucket list for your year
- Prepare your space for tomorrow (lay out your clothes, set up your morning coffee or tea)
- Declutter your kitchen
- Put away laundry
- Watch a movie
- Listen to a sleep story
Self-care ideas for a sober night out
- Watch the sunset
- Go to dinner or host a dinner party at home
- Go bar hopping to bars with good alcohol free menus
- Sing karaoke
- Go dancing or clubbing (staying sober on the dance floor is more exhilarating than you might think!)
- Enjoy a concert without having to queue for drinks
- Buy a disposable film camera and take pictures with your friends
- Take yourself to a movie
- Go roller skating or bowling with friends
- Order take out and do a games night
Self-care ideas for a sober weekend
- Buy yourself flowers
- Take yourself out for coffee
- Play with a puppy
- Do a jigsaw puzzle
- Invite your friends over for a sober dinner party
- Practice a new language
- Go through old photos and reminisce
- Put on your favorite playlist and dance like nobody's watching
- Clean out your closet
- Do a crossword puzzle
- Go for a walk and take pictures of things that inspire you
- Give yourself a massage
- Binge read my blog posts on self-care, wellness or mindful productivity
- Call a friend or loved one and talk on the phone
- Do absolutely nothing
Final Thoughts on Living a Sober Lifestyle
Whether you’re staying in or going out, we hope this list inspires you to find ways to stay sober and enjoy time with friends and yourself. We’re big advocates for exploring your inner child, taking yourself or solo dates and experimenting with living a sober lifestyle.
Whenever you take ideas away from our blog posts, feel free to test them in your personal life before committing them to your routine. If we’ve learned anything from this journey it’s that wellness is not a one-size-fits-all practice. Find things that work for you by taking the time to rate them for yourself and by asking yourself, “How did that make me feel?”
And if you need help staying on track or setting goals, make sure to download our free habit tracker. This habit tracker is used with Google Sheets which means you can easily create and track your habits from your computer or phone. Our habit tracker is the perfect tool for keeping track of new hobbies, seeing your sobriety trends and finding wellness practices that fit perfectly into your lifestyle. We know because we use it every day!
Download it for free today and start tracking your own wellness habits and trends.
If you want to learn more about the sober curious movement, read this blog post next.