What began initially as a cut down in alcohol at the beginning of 2018 has now become a permanent change.
Whilst I wouldn’t describe myself as an alcoholic, my drinking had become problematic and I was drinking on a much too regular basis.
The advantages of going sober have been life changing. The main reason I drank was to help unwind at the end of the day but what I have learned during this time is that having a few glasses of wine in the evening was really having a much larger effect than I thought. Feeling tired and low was making my problems feel larger than they were, and I was wasting a lot of time worrying. My anxiety had been at an all time high and I wasn’t able to handle life’s challenges in the best way.
There have been so many positive benefits to quitting alcohol. The 5 that have made the biggest impact on my life have been:
1. Better Sleep.
One of the biggest changes I have noticed is how much more time I seem to have. Mornings, in particular, were difficult for me. It’s hardly surprising given that alcohol affects sleep patterns. Gone is the fuzzy head and inevitable hangover! I also naturally wake much earlier which means that the school run isn’t the same rush and I feel less stressed
2. Better Brain Function.
It may also be a knock-on effect of having a good start to the day but I am also much more productive with work; my mind feels sharper and I am less likely to procrastinate because I’m feeling tired.
3. More Energy.
This extra energy means I have been going to the gym more and overall I am feeling fitter and healthier.
4. Better Skin.
Prior to giving up alcohol, I had been considering getting botox – I felt I looked tired all the time and was prone to getting breakouts too. My skin has not looked this good in years! Plumper, healthier looking and with a natural glow!
5. Less Anxiety.
I had got myself into a vicious cycle of drinking to ease my anxiety and then feeling worse as a result of having been drinking. I feel I am tackling stress head on and dealing with problems as they arise rather than worrying about them all the time.
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