In my last post I wrote about being alcohol free, I’m not sure for how long but it’s quickly becoming an entire lifestyle change. I’ve hit the big 20-day mark with no alcohol and to be completely honest with you, I haven’t felt this healthy and… clear? I guess is the word… in a really long time.
My last post talked about how I realized that my relationship with alcohol wasn’t a healthy one because I was in a sad place in life but today I’m in a much better place and I still don’t have a desire to turn back to wine. I used to use it to help me “relax” when something stressful was happening or if I was upset about something, but how ideal is it to have to use a substance that changes your mind solely to deal with the drama that happens in life?
I’ve talked with a few people about it, I haven’t been super public about it. I wrote it here, I haven’t wrote about it on Facebook or Instagram really, so if you’re one of the few people who still read my blog then you may be up to date. My close friends know, and to be honest I don’t think they think I’m serious about it. I know that sounds so shitty to say but that’s ok. My friends drink and that’s fine, but this is something that I’m doing for myself and so I don’t need the support or the help of anyone else.
I’ll talk with friends about it sometimes, and I get a lot of “maybe I’ll quit drinking for a month” or “maybe I’ll quit drinking for two weeks” but those sentences are usually followed up with “but how do you just give it up? What if I have a birthday party or an event or something that I have to go to?”. I’m going to be straight up with you and tell you that there’s never a convenient time to stop drinking if you’re a social person, BUT I know it can happen because I’ve seen the most social people completely give it up. Giving up alcohol is also one of those things where you really have to be committed or you won’t do it. It’s possibly to go out and not order alcohol (and it’s much cheaper!), but I know a lot of people with severe cases of FOMO (fear of missing out) that when they start not drinking, it quickly ends because they got invited out. There’s neverrrrr a convenient time, you just have to decide it’s time and then do it.
I was scared of all the FOMO when I first gave up drinking, but when you give up drinking I feel like you simultaneously also cut back on your use of social media. When you’re busy doing other things besides posting on Facebook or checking in at the coolest club, you don’t check what’s happening online and when you don’t know what’s going on, you can’t get FOMO. Taaadaaaaaaaa. Giving up drinking/going out all the time opens up a lot of free time to find out new things about yourself; what you like, what you don’t like, maybe you have more time to start that business venture you’ve been thinking about… whatever it is, you’ll have time to do it and you’ll be thinking clearly enough to put all of your ideas into action. At least that’s what happened with me.
I had been thinking about giving up drinking for a while, but never did it because I wasn’t completely ready. I listened to one of my favourite podcasts called Style Your Mind by the author of The Champagne Diet, Cara Alwill Leyba, and she gave up drinking for Dry January and it kind of changed the way she thinks about everything. Click here to go to her podcast page, it was episode #75. I have her books and totally love the way she approaches life and business so it was fitting to start listening to her podcasts, and this one specifically really resonated with me and that’s when I decided to take the jump off of the alcohol bandwagon.
It’s been a pretty awesome 20-days! I don’t know how long this will last, but I can definitely say that the amount of alcohol I consume will be drastically reduced. I may have a drink every now and then, but gone are the days of using a glass of wine to “calm down” or ordering alcohol because everyone else is… AND, might I add, my stomach has never been flatter ;).
Thinking about making the jump off the alcohol bandwagon? Comment beloooooow.