So guys, it’s been a while…
I first have a confession to make. I wrote a post towards the end of last year talking all about how I would be doing Sober October. I neglected to fill you in at the end of the month. Regrettably, I failed. Miserably.
My saving grace is that I did, in fact manage, pretty easily (to my surprise) to participate in Dry January. Had I known how easy it actually was once you manage to get past the first week, I would have made “past me” actually stick with Sober October!
Speaking as a non-alcoholic, I really wanted to understand why I found October so challenging. To be honest, all it boils down to is social plans, and FOMO (fear of missing out)
Drinking alcohol makes pretty much zero difference in the grand scheme of any outing. I discovered that although, yes it is fun to have a drink or two, feel a little bit tipsy and, I suppose, “loosen up”, there are plenty more advantages to being T-total, including: no hangovers, enjoying the weekends, freedom to drive anywhere, anytime, and (selfishly, and egotistically speaking) the sense of superiority you feel compared to your drunken friends, is remarkable.
I will admit that week one was a challenge. Be it Friday afternoon whiskey club at work, drinks with friends, and no wine on date night. BUT, You can still attend these things. Better yet, you can remember what happened the next day. Revolutionary!
More than anything, I was really proud of myself for sticking with something. The sense of satisfaction I felt reaching 31st January was pretty great. I wasn’t even “desperate” for a drink come 1st Feb!!
My clothes fit better, my skin was clearer, I had more energy and I slept better. Whether that was all in my head remains besides the point. Even if it was, so what. I enjoyed the positive attitude I had all month long!
SO now. It’s one week into Feb and I’ve had one gin and tonic so far. I enjoyed it but didn’t really need it. I don’t have much desire to drink really. It’s incredibly interesting to me how my mindset around alcohol has changed after just one month, and this is definitely something I am going to look into.
That’s not all to say that I wont ever drink, but, I think from now on, I’ll have a proper think before I just order a drink for the sake of it. The benefits I’ve spoken about justify that extra bit of thought… in my opinion anyway.
Finally, I just want to say that if you’re thinking about challenging yourself to something: DO IT! The satisfaction, achievement and challenge is more than worth it. I am going to take it upon myself to try new things more often, as you can reap so many awards, without even knowing what they could be, which is so exciting!
Any tips/suggestions of challenges I should try?!
As always guys, “Stay Hangry”
~The Hangry Lawyer, xoxo~