Sober for October: review
This October I embarked on Sober for October; no alcohol to pass my lips from 1st October until the 1st November.
I've always been brought up around alcohol so it's never been a taboo and I suppose its also always been in my home as an adult as well. A glass to unwind after a busy day; maybe 2 if its been a bad day; a glass of fizz to celebrate something; a gin and tonic at the end of the working week.
I was starting to feel sluggish, never to say I was out of control, I wasn't. Just, it was definitely effecting my head at the weekends. It's true what they say, hangovers last a hell of a lot longer after your 25.
So Sunday 1st October came around. I'd had a dinner party the night before with a fairly late finish so I was more than happy not to be drinking. But from this day it was cold turkey for the month.
There were times where the month felt more challenging than others. A couple of bad days meant I really wanted a drink, something to unwind and destress from the day. But I have to say that that feeling went away after the first week/week and a half. And after that I felt better and less like reaching for a glass of wine.
I bought non-alcoholic beers and wine so that when I did fancy a drink, or we had others round it didn't feel like I was too separate from the group.
And I never put pressure on myself, I didn't want to feel guilty if I decided to have a glass of wine. I even visited my best friends in London for the weekend and the situation did arise but still no drink.
I made the whole month with no alcohol and I actually really pleased with myself. It has felt like setting a reset button. A renewed found respect for myself and drinking.
Yes I have had a drink since. I had a boozy night with friends in Cardiff (margaritas are still my favourite) and there was a quiz night with some red wine involved. But, I have say, the drinking is less because I actually like how I'm feeling without it. Saving it for more special occasions, for when A and I have a rare night together in front of the tele, or a dinner with some friends.
Sober for October was the restart I needed, now if I could only up the ole water intake I really would be on the right path to being a somewhat beacon of health....well...maybe not that close but you never know!