Monday – Work Day
First Attempt – Day 5 of My “30-Day No Alcohol Challenge”
It’s another day in the life of a sober me. I rolled out of bed at 6 AM to the sound of my alarm, reluctantly leaving behind a vivid dream where I found myself engrossed in a political discussion on a train with a coworker. It’s funny how our minds wander, isn’t it?
Anyway, let’s not dwell on that.
Something remarkable happened this morning. For the first time in years, I’m experiencing a significant improvement in my digestive health. I’m not trying to be too detailed here, but there’s been a positive shift in my overall well-being in that regard.
It feels a bit uncomfortable to discuss this aspect of my life, but I believe it’s important to share the positive changes I’m experiencing.
I’m so bored at work. I feel like I’m working in solitary confinement.
Boredom is one of the main reasons I turned to drinking in the past, seeking some excitement and a sense of fun. I believed, and maybe I still believe, that I was more lively when I had a drink in my hand.
So, I’m trying to convince myself that there are other ways to feel alive, without relying on alcohol.
My body is punishing me for that workout I did yesterday. I barely broke a sweat, yet here I am, stiff as a board, especially behind my legs. It’s a reminder of how out of shape I’ve become.
Honestly, I can’t even remember the last time I took care of my body properly. Maybe it’s time to start a fitness routine and dust off those weights I buried under a pile of old magazines.
I just finished devouring a mouthwatering pizza my loving boyfriend made for me. He’s a keeper, that’s for sure.
But my mind keeps drifting back to my drive home today. As I traveled along the familiar dirt road that leads to my family’s fishing camp (where me and my boyfriend currently live), a wave of sadness washed over me.
It wasn’t one of those intense cravings that plagued me when I first quit drinking. No, it was different. It was a dull, lingering feeling, like missing an old friend. Alcohol used to be my companion, my confidant, and now that it’s gone, there’s a void that needs filling.
It reminded me of that video I stumbled upon a couple of days ago, “How to Stop Alcohol Cravings & Beat Them For Good” by Simon Chapple.
He talked about two types of cravings: the overwhelming kind that feels like a full-blown panic attack, and the low-level craving that quietly tugs at your heartstrings. Well, today was definitely the latter.
I felt the melancholy, the belief that life might be dull without alcohol. But I know better. I know that real excitement, real joy, can come from the simple pleasures in life, not from a bottle.
I’m exhausted. It feels like I hardly have any time for myself these days. Maybe I’m still catching up on sleep after all these years of not taking care of my body and mind.
Tonight, I’m going to give myself permission to unwind. I’ll curl up in bed, watch some videos that make me laugh, and slowly drift off into dreamland.
Tomorrow is a new day, full of possibilities, and I’ll face it with renewed energy and determination.
Signing off for now,
That Anonymous Artist
Supplementary Info: Day 5 No Alcohol
Congratulations on reaching Day 5 of your journey towards sobriety! Quitting drinking is a significant step, and it takes immense strength to break free from alcohol addiction. Whether you’ve decided to stop drinking alcohol due to personal issues, health concerns, or a desire to reduce the risk of alcohol-related issues, you’re already on a path that holds numerous benefits for your mental and physical well-being.
During the first few days of quitting alcohol, it’s common to experience alcohol withdrawal symptoms. These can range from mild to severe and may include anxiety, irritability, insomnia, and even seizures in severe cases. The brain and body are adjusting to the absence of alcohol, and it’s essential to stay strong through these challenging hours. Remember, you’re not alone—many people have gone through similar experiences and have come out stronger on the other side.
One of the most noticeable benefits you’ll find when quitting drinking is the positive impact it has on your liver. Alcohol consumption can abuse and damage the liver over time, leading to conditions such as alcoholic liver disease. By giving up alcohol, you’re allowing your liver to heal and recover. Additionally, reducing alcohol consumption or quitting drinking altogether can also lower the risk of other health issues, such as heart disease and certain types of cancer.
It’s important to note that quitting alcohol doesn’t mean you have to give up all the social aspects and enjoyment associated with drinking. Many people find that they can still have a great time at social gatherings without the need for booze. Whether you’re opting for a dry January (a typical month of sobriety), or a long-term commitment to alcohol abstinence, there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink options available that can still be enjoyed in the company of others.
As you continue on this journey, take the time to learn more about alcoholism and addiction. Understanding the psychological and physical factors behind alcohol addiction can help you navigate through potential triggers and develop effective coping mechanisms. Seeking professional help or joining support groups can also provide invaluable assistance throughout your recovery.
Remember, everyone’s experience with quitting alcohol is unique. What you can expect will depend on your individual circumstances and the severity of your alcohol consumption. Some people find that they experience immediate improvements in their mental clarity and overall well-being, while others may go through a longer adjustment period. Be patient with yourself and celebrate every milestone along the way.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that quitting alcohol can have unexpected positive effects on your physical health. Many alcoholic drinks are high in sugar and calories, and cutting them out can lead to weight loss and improved energy levels. Your brain will also benefit from reduced alcohol consumption, as it can recover and function more efficiently over time.
In conclusion, quitting drinking is a courageous and transformative decision. Embrace the benefits of sobriety, and don’t hesitate to seek help if needed. The road to recovery may have its challenges, but the rewards for your mental and physical well-being are worth every step. Stay strong, stay committed, and enjoy the journey towards a healthier and happier you!