5 Inspiring Lessons I Learned in My Third Alcohol-Free Month
April 8th, 2013 by Katie Morton
This week, let’s talk about booze. My third post in the series (link below) makes me cringe in some ways, because it’s so upbeat, cheery and problem-free that it almost seems disingenuous. Let me start with the introduction when I refer to my nightly glass or two of wine; that doesn’t seem like a big deal. Why would someone feel they needed to give up what seems like a reasonable amount of alcohol? Here are 3 reasons:
1. I began to dislike how much I looked forward to having a drink. The wanting, the craving…it bothered me on some level that I had elevated alcohol to rock star status in my life. I didn’t like that it was part of my daily routine, rather than a celebratory treat on special occasions. I wanted to feel more detached to it.
2. The frequency of my drinking didn’t feel healthy. Even though they say that men and women can drink every day and receive health benefits, I began to feel this wasn’t true for me. I wasn’t sleeping well and I had gained weight. I don’t want to do anything to hurt my body. You only get one body, and I want to treat mine with care. A habit that had started out feeling like it was healthy – reducing my stress levels – very slowly turned into one that I felt was having negative health consequences over time.
3. I didn’t like that wine became an easy “solution” for problems or stressors. It didn’t sit well that I was consistently relying on an external source of comfort or distraction – rather than working to restore feelings of happiness and tranquility internally via healthy mental habits and problem solving. I wasn’t giving myself the chance to gain wisdom and internal peace those times I turned to my “insta-cure” for distraction.
You might see the points I just made come up again in next month’s post about my year without wine, but I wanted to put them out there now so you can read this month’s post with a deeper understanding of the role that wine was playing in my life and why I felt the need to end the romance.
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Without further ado, here are the 5 Inspiring Lessons I Learned in My Third Alcohol-Free Month.