Mental Health + Sobriety

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. ⁣⁣

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