How To Be a 'Mindful' Drinker

Welcome back to the blog! Today's edition: How To Be a 'Mindful' Drinker. 

Okay, before I get down with it, lets start with the basics. What does it mean to be mindful? Before the word 'mindful' became trendy AF and people started using it for literally everything...mindful meditation, mindful moments, mindful exercise, mindful eating. You know what I mean? But all it really means is to stop. be present. and think about your surroundings. where are you? who are you with? what are you doing? If you can do this, you're already on your way.

So now that we understand what mindful really means (the basic version anyway), lets connect that with drinking...

You might be thinking 'well wait a minute, I already am a mindful drinker.' And if you truly are, you're ahead in the game because mindful drinking is something everyone has probably struggled with or continues to struggle with, it really just depends on where you're at in your journey. 

For instance, when I was going to college/university in the U.S and doing the whole sorority thing, I definitely was NOT a mindful drinker. Mindful drinkers probably don't get wasted on a night before a big exam because you had FOMO about missing a party. Mindful drinkers also probably don't spend $100 on useless kitchen appliances from Amazon at 3 a.m. But hey, it was COLLEGE. 

Now, if I was a mindful drinker during college, and sometimes I was, it would have probably looked more like this....skipping the party and studying an extra 2 hours and saving my money on more important things like, you know...food.

I am sure that everyone has their own edition of mindful mishaps when drinking alcohol because it kind of comes with the territory. When did drinking ever make you smarter? 

Here are some great tips to become more of a mindful drinker.

1. Ask yourself, 'who, what, when, where, and why?' When should I head home? Who will be disappointed in me? What would drinking more right now accomplish? Where do I need to be in the morning and is this a good idea? Why do I need to have another drink tonight? The sad reality of answering these questions usually makes you stop and think about your actions. 

2. Count your drinks. Aim to have 1 or 2 drinks if you are out drinking. If you are having more, have a drink, then have a water or Mocktail. Pace yourself. Slow down. Be mindful of how you are feeling and how many drinks you are having. 

3. Know how much you are spending on drinks. Be mindful of your spending habits and how much money realistically you should spend on drinks for the night. You're never going to regret saving money for something else. Drinking adds up!

4. Know your limits. This can be a hard one for a lot of people. "Just one more!" But, in reality, you've probably already succeeded your limit and know its time to switch to water or something non-alcoholic. Know when you're crossing the line from too cruisy to too boozy. 

5. Be mindful of time and place and the people you're with. It might not be the best idea to get sloshed at Grandma's 90th birthday or before you have to go on a long hike the next day. If you are debating it, it's probably not a good idea. 

Okay, so there are my lifesaving mindful drinking tips. If you start implementing these when you drink, you might just find you're #adulting.