Five Unexpected Bonuses of Ditching the Drink

 I wanted to stop drinking because I seemed to have lost the ability to moderate. And spending most of your time hung over is no way to live your life.

 

I thought not-drinking would be just that, my life the same but without booze.  And possibly more dull, because – well, the clue is in the word, surely? Sober.

 

What I didn’t expect was my life would suddenly open up into full colour.  Drinking regularly had sneakily shrunk my life into a dull colourless box, bit by bit, when I wasn’t looking. 

 

That was awesome.  As was the relief of having my energy back again, my joi de vivre, my skin improving, being there for my family, not spending a small fortune at Dan Murphy's, not worrying about having enough wine in the house, mornings without a headache and a furry mouth and not drinking a million excess calories every night.

 

But what I didn’t expect were the little things, which are actually quite big...

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Making your WHY work for you

Back when I was drinking too much, I couldn’t understand why it was so hard to change my relationship with alcohol.

 

I had my “Why” sorted: I wanted to be there for my family and I wanted to look after my health (ie no more hangovers and exhaustion!)

 

I had the “Where I wanted to go” sorted: I knew that I really wanted to stop, that moderation wasn’t working for me.

 

I had the “Who” sorted: there was only one person who had to wrestle back control of this pesky habit – me, myself and I.

 

I had the “When” sorted: soon as freaking possible! I was so tired of thinking about drinking.

 

I had the “What” sorted: what I wanted to be free of those impulses.

 

But dammit, I could NOT get a handle on this stopping thing.  I kept getting a day or two under my belt of not drinking.  Then by about Day Three my resolve would snap, I’d be overwhelmed by I JUST...

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