Distractions for your Month Off Booze
As changing your drinking involves a lot of distracting yourself – and gives you a whole lot nice new free time – it’s worth getting some freebies to help you along the way. Here are our top tips for maxing out free trials for the rest of your Month Off Booze!
Body and mind
Our friends at Movement for Modern Life offer a 14 day free trial for you to try yoga, mindfulness, and stretching at home. The 20 minute deep stretch classes are great for distracting me from everything else and feeling like I have had some “me time”!
If your Month Off Booze is part of a health kick, then beginning to track your calories, exercise and weight could give you an extra boost. Nutracheck offer a 5 day free trial.
Many gyms do short free trials. Stack several of them together if you can, and you may just get a few weeks worth of free gym time. Here are our top picks:
Nuffield – 1 day
Fitness First – 3 days
LA Fitness – 1 day
British Military Fitness – 1 class
Check out your local council gym as well. They tend not to have long binding contracts, and often have all sorts of deals on offer for local residents.
There are plenty of free running clubs. Nike, Sweaty Betty and Sweatshop all have countrywide running sessions starting and ending at your closest store, set at different paces. You just show up and get pounding. Or plodding.
Books, films, music and games
Planning to binge on box-sets or curl up under the duvet with a good book? Both are great distractions for your Month Off Booze!
Netflix offer a free month – so you can get through an entire series or two!
Audible.co.uk gives you a free audio book download when you sign up. I recommend buying a long one to get value for no-money – although at 61 hours War and Peace may be a bit too much!
And if you are a bit of a gamer, then Playstation Plus do a 14 day free trial too.
Need to get your day off on the right note? You could use Spotify’s 30 day trial to make a sober playlist!
Food and drink
You can get a free Tastecard for 30 days. It gives you a 50% discount on lots of fancy-pants restaurants. So grab a friend, get out the house, and see how cheap dining out is when you are just drinking tap water!
Pact Coffee offer you your first month’s coffee for just £1.
Whilst not free, Frugal lists everything in London that is under a tenner. Look online or download the app.
MeetUp is still our go-to place to find non-boozy get-togethers anywhere in the world, many of which are free.
Book a free makeover. Most counters in department stores and places like MAC do it – so work that freebie. Here is the one they do in the Body Shop.
We did do a Google for free massage but, well, the results were a little dodgy…
Learn new things
Skillshare has awesome courses designed by experts in their own fields – you can pay just $0.99 for 3 months’ access.
Udemy is a similar platform and once you have signed up (which is free) there are lots of courses for free and on special offer.