So … you’ve survived the school hols by placating the kids with unlimited iPad access and sugary treats, dosing yourself with coffee and retreating to the couch with a bottle of wine in the evenings.

Ok, maybe it’s not quite that bad, but this is the time of year when it feels good to say goodbye to summer excess and start treating our bodies and brains nicely again.

You probably know FebFast as the charity movement that encourages people to go alcohol free for a month. However, this year you can choose your poison (so to speak): you can give up either alcohol, sugar, caffeine or go for a digital detox.

Better still, why not register as a family team and pick a vice to quit for each family member? I’ve done a screen detox with my daughter before and it’s amazing how much happier and calmer our household was – with far more family fun and surprisingly few whiny requests for TV.

By registering with FebFast you’ll get support, advice and a few freebies along the way. Plus, most importantly, you’ll be raising funds for youth addiction. Sign up at If you’re already signed up, let us know in the comments how you’re going!