A body in balance craves what will keep it in balance
My February intention is ‘sobriety’, and to be completely transparent, I thought this was going to be one of the hardest things I have ever done. I enjoy a nice glass of dark red wine with a bowl of popcorn- Thanks, Scandal. I look forward to the way it makes me relax, chills my anxiety and dulls my senses. I recently read an article that stated teachers make 1,500 decisions ever single day on average (That is 4 decisions every minute). No wonder, I look forward to something that can counteract the multi-tasking I do all day.
There were signs that made me think that it was time to bring this to the forefront and make it a mindful intention.
My serving size increased- Large wine glasses are the best gifts
Can’t stop at just one- I used to be great with 1 glass
Occasions revolved around drinking – it stopped being about connecting, getting to know people, and catching up
my spell with Vertigo- I’m not exactly sure if these are completely connected, but my body was trying to tell me something
I was using a glass or 2 of wine to deal with negative emotions- instead of using it to celebrate, I was using it to forget a tough day or combat boredom
I wasn’t sleeping well- the dehydration and sugar crash at 2 am kept me up on occasions.
I am one week in, and I have already discovered so much about myself.
Mondays are HARD!!!! It takes a lot of willpower.
I have so many more tools in my tool-belt that help me relax than I thought.
I rely on the experience of alcohol to help me step outside of my introvert self way too much.
Sleep is so sweet.
My boys get me; movies, popcorn and snuggles. (great way to relax)
Here are a few TIPS if you are on this journey with me:
Willpower– if you don’t believe you have enough willpower left in your tank to say NO, then don’t even put yourself in that situation. Graciously bow-out.
Know your WHY – When Monday at 4 hit, I had to remind myself WHY I was doing this. I even took it a step forward and wrote down my Why and What 1 drink of alcohol does to me. (next blog post)
Find other ways to RELAX– I run, take baths, stretch, go through a yoga flow, hangout with my kids (puzzles, Jenga, spelling) or turn on a Podcast and cook/clean- I have found that I have already been more productive.
Bring other drinking options- I am talking about all of the great sparkling water choices out there or – my bosses’ favorite- Hint water. place it in a wine glass and enjoy!
Relying on people is really hard for me, but I have already connected and shared with a few of my friends in the last week unlike I ever have. Let yourself be vulnerable (I am trying- this may take a while).
Buddy System– Thankfully I have a great friend who is on this 30 Day Experiment with me. Knowing she is probably going through everything with me, helps me.
Prepare your sleeping space – Burn a candle or incense, make your bed before getting in it, get into a great book, listen to calming music and spray some lavender on your sheets before you fall asleep. After a week of not drinking, all of the alcohol is out of your system and your body will learn how to relax naturally and stay asleep throughout the night.
I can’t promise after this 30 Day experiment that I won’t have another drink, but I can tell you this restart has already helped me realize how much that glass of wine controlled my afternoons.
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