Just like the Vengaboys song so aptly put it, "we like to party." The thing with partying is it has become synonymous with drugs and alcohol. Not only do you feel shitty when you wake up after a night of binge drinking or pill popping (come on, be honest, we’ve all been there) you generally don’t remember how much fun you actually had. At the time, you were having the time of your life, but the next day it’s all a blur.
Learn to Party Completely Sober
I’ve spent the last year living in Berlin, a city famous for it’s deborturous Nightlife. Drugs and alcohol are cheaper than water and the people (generally) value good techno music over a green smoothie any day. It was a pretty big culture shock to begin with, but the longer I spend here the more I realised that there’s way less pressure, compared to Australia, to have to drink in order to have a good time.
I avoided the club scene entirely when I first arrived, I thought it was all sex drugs and rock’n’roll and wasn’t inline with my lifestyle. And then I went to Morning Gloryville, a completely sober morning rave party that had me up at 5.30am to head to the venue where I proceeded to dance my ass off until 10.00am. Morning Gloryville re-ignited my love of partying and made me realise that there are other people out there who also don’t need 10 drinks to get up and shake it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good glass of red, but I don’t love the idea of having to down 3 bottles before I can go out and enjoy my night. To me, forcing alcohol or drugs into your system just so you can have a fun time seems like such a strange concept. Enter conscious partying - my new favourite buzzword.
Conscious partying is exactly that, partying in a conscious state. Instead of obliterating yourself with substance’s you just go out and have a good time without them. Simple.
If the music is good and I like the people around me then I can dance all night long on nothing more than water. I never force myself to stay somewhere I don’t really enjoy by adopting the ‘better get drunk to handle this’ approach and I always listen to my body. When I’ve had enough, I go home. No F.O.M.O, just allowing my body to do what it needs to do to make me feel good.
Wondering how to get started?
The cold turkey approach tends to be overwhelming and hard for most of us. Instead, try the more sustainable option of weaning yourself off slowly. Building healthy habits takes time, so don’t beat yourself up!
Here’s 3 tips to start you on your sober partying journey:
- Pack light. Only take enough money for 3 drinks, a snack and maybe a cab ride home. This not only keeps your bank account happy but it removes temptation to overindulge, because you actually can’t!
- Set a substance limit. This needs to be according to your habits, perhaps it’s just enjoying wine with dinner and not drinking after 9pm. Or limiting yourself to just 3 drinks and spacing them out over the entire night. Find a strategy that works for you and your body.
- Reward your good behaviour. Chances are you’re going to wake up feeling great the next day. Use the money you would have usually spent on a night out to take yourself out for a delicious breakfast.
My top tip for conscious partying:
Pack some raw energy balls in your party bag. They are a great source of energy to keep you dancing all night and a great conversation starter for the people you share them with.
*Image Credit: Manol Ty Photography