1 October and the first day for going sober if you are going for the Sober for October challenge?! Good luck to those of you who are.
I’ve been sober for 18 months and from a personal point of view, I wanted to give you a few tips to help you along the way.
The first week is easy, you have set your mind that you are not going to drink alcohol for a month and you are determined to do it.
Make sure you have an alternative non alcoholic drink to hand that you know you are going to enjoy drinking for the next month.
Water can get boring after a while, but adding a slice of lemon, lime or a piece of fruit, can make it more interesting and more enjoyable.
Try not to replace the alcohol with a sugary fizzy drink - I know it’s not alcohol but drinking fizzy drinks ain’t going to do you much good either with so much sugar in them, giving you a high at first and then a slippery low. Try and stick to the water if you can.
Stay positive. Say to yourself something positive everyday to help you keep on track, for example ‘I can do this. I am strong and determined to be sober this month’
As you progress through the month, notice how you feel. How does your mind and body feel? Do you feel better for not drinking? and do you have more energy?
Who knows after a month, you may feel you want to do it for a few more weeks/months or never again!
This is your personal challenge, however you want to do it and Im sending you all positive vibes to those of you who are going sober in October.
Taking care of you.
As we leave the lazy summer days behind us with Autumn just around the corner, we greet September! Schools are back as we prepare for a new season. Maybe enjoying the last few days of sunshine as we hope for an Indian Summer, before we really say goodbye and putting our summer wardrobe away, while bringing out jumpers and boots instead! Seeing blackberries in the hedgerows almost ready to pick and make crumbles and pies for the freezer, the sun is lower in the sky and the breezes are cooler now with daddy longlegs in the grasses, as Autumn Equinox approaches on the 23rd September. Mabon or Second Harvest. The time to give thanks for the summer and to pay tribute to the coming darkness.
Seasons change and we all experience change in our lives, whether it’s new relationships with others or breaking up, moving house, new schools, new class, change in health good or bad, lifestyle changes, changes in ourselves to live a better, happier and more fulfilled life. For some of us we like change and others don’t. Sometimes it’s easier if we expect change and not so easy if it comes as a shock. Either way, change happens...life doesn’t stand still and it’s up to us how we cope with change. We are all different. We can ask for advice, talk it over with close friends, but at the end of the day it’s our decision how to cope with change and what to do. The answer is always inside of us. Go within, either by meditating or a walk in nature or just having a quiet moment where you won’t be disturbed, ask the question to yourself whatever it is and let the ego go and listen with your heart. The answers will come when your mind is clear. Whatever change you are going though, just take one day at a time and cope with it your way.
"If you keep on doing what you are doing, you are going to keep getting what you are getting. The future is yours, do something about it" - Raymon Grace.
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