5 tips for sober raving
If you’ve ever considered going sober, even just for a weekend, you may have felt daunted by the prospect. Let’s face it, rave culture is steeped in substance use and going against the grain can be tough.
The challenge of opting out of drinking, and whatever else people are doing, can be too much for some. These five tips might be useful if you want to have a successful sober night out…
MAKE A PLAN
Planning what you’re going to do is a great way to calm the anxious mind. You don’t have to be meticulous, but simply telling yourself to leave at a certain time, or avoid certain people, can be enough of an anchor to keep you calm and focused.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Don’t expect too much of yourself and weigh yourself down with the pressure to be “fun” or “confident”. The more you can relax and ease into the night, the better it will be for you, and everyone around you.
KEEP YOUR COOL
One major issue with being sober is how to maintain your tolerance; intoxicated people can lead to myriad problems and affect your state of mind. Once you’re wound up it can be difficult to calm down, which may lead to a drink or more. Take the edge off by taking deep breaths, getting regular breaks and asking your crewmates for support.
KNOW WHEN TO CALL IT
Perhaps the night isn’t going to plan, you’re feeling paranoid or uncomfortable, in need of a drink, or simply tired. Check in with yourself at regular intervals and, if you’re feeling out of sorts, take action. Create an action plan to make a smooth exit, so it’s as stress-free as possible - especially if you’re going alone.
IT’S ABOUT THE MUSIC
It’s easy to lose yourself while getting smashed with your mates, and forget what you came out for… So focus your attention on the music and the DJ, the energy of the crowd and all the elements that make the rave so sacred and unique. When you’re totally immersed in the music, you won’t need anything else.
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