I didn’t need to hit rock bottom to decide to quit drinking.
Mommy just needed her wine…or so I thought 🤷🏻♀️
After becoming a mom I knew I needed to prioritize my mental health to survive. What I didn’t realize is that everything I believed about alcohol wasn’t true.
Thankfully, I came across @rubywarrington’s book “Sober Curious”. The words on the front cover intrigued me. “The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol.”
During my dry January last year I read Ruby’s book and confirmed that my drinking habit was a problem. Even one drink causes more tension, stress, anxiety and deepens depression.
I thought having a couple of glasses of red wine was “healthy” because the media says it’s "full of antioxidants". Unfortunately alcohol is also a carcinogen. Women who have 3 drinks a week have a 15% higher risk of breast cancer- and that risk is increased by 10% for each additional drink.
Over time the artificial stimulation your brain receives from drinking makes you unable to experience the pleasure you once did from everyday activities.
Meditation has been proven to help re-wire and strengthen the brain after damage from substance abuse. Although meditating was already a part of my life, I made a further commitment to meditating every morning + night. After several months, my spirit no longer felt dulled and I began to experience the true meaning of inner peace.
Now that I’m aware of the negative impacts of my drinking, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything by living alcohol free. Quitting drinking had to come at the right stage in my life. There was definitely a time where I didn’t give a sh*t and I was YOLO’ing it up🤪 But these days I want to prioritize my physical + mental health and stop the war with myself.