I thought I would make a list of the benefits of quitting drinking that I have noticed so far. You know, to keep my motivation high, to remember WHY I am doing this, to work on cultivating gratitude. I was worried about not drinking this weekend, but it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. I am really beginning to believe that working at maintaining a positive attitude is helping (and it IS work sometimes…). Also helping this weekend: reading lots of excellent sober blogs, commenting on said sober blogs, writing everyday, reading books, and staying busy DOING FUN STUFF THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE DRINKING. So, here goes.
Positive things that I have noticed so far about not drinking:
-Loads of energy every day. I mean, wow! I don’t feel the need to lie down with the baby every time he naps anymore. I am getting more done, even if it involves not getting anything done and just being zen. Not that I’m usually very zen. If that makes any sense.
-Waking up more easily and being nicer in the mornings. I am NOT a morning person, but my grouch level is definitely lower than it was when I was tired and hungover in the mornings. I might actually say hello instead of just grunting at you, for instance.
– My skin looks great!
-Saving some lettuce. It hasn’t added up to much yet (it’s only been 9 days), but our household budget is not straining from purchasing too much booze. I am sure this will be a HUGE benefit in the future. Like, hello travel!
-I have less anxiety. First of all, I think that drinking too much creates a cycle of anxiety and depression in people that are prone to those mental health issues (such as myself). Second of all, I don’t have to worry about blacking out, doing dumb stuff, or saying embarrassing things to others. Relief!
-My overall health is improving. I find that I am eating healthier, drinking more water, walking more, etc. because I am no longer harming myself through drinking so much. It is the avalanche effect that occurs when I do one good thing for my health, and it ends up leading to many more good things.
-My husband and the few close friends that I have confided in are proud of me.
-Increased self-esteem. I feel proud of me for not drinking! Plus… my skin looks great. 🙂
I am sure there are many, many more. I will make these lists once in awhile to see where I am at. Have a great day.