Drinking alcohol has become a normal part of every day life for many, associated with having fun, socializing and relaxing. While there are those that drink in moderation, there are others who drink daily or they binge drink, leaving the body hard at work trying to detox the poison. Challenging yourself to remove alcohol for an extended period of time can improve your health drastically while making you feel better and establishing a new relationship.
Your Relationship with Alcohol
At the end of a long day nothing seems better than drinking a cold beer, a glass of red wine or a whiskey on the rocks. Whatever the drink preference or time of day, the craving for alcohol and the mental association is there for many people. It's a form of self-medicating.
There are other people that enjoy alcohol and may be dependent on drinking socially. Drinking helps remove the insecure barriers that feel as if a wall is around protecting you. Alcohol allows the feeling of releasing that wall, giving many a false sense of confidence and a belief that they are happier with more alcohol in their system. However, too much alcohol can be unhealthy for the body and the brain. It impairs judgment and cognitive ability. Many mistakes and feelings of guilt, shame and regret happen when intoxicated on alcohol. It disrupts the homeostasis in the body and leads to other issues with mood, trickling down into other areas of your life like, family and work life.
Reasons To Take a Break From Alcohol
Taking a Break From Alcohol
Whether you believe you have a "problem" with alcohol or not, it is important to give your organs a chance to detox from alcohol. When you give yourself a break from alcohol, you give your brain a chance to find its natural chemical balance and your brain will be able to produce serotonin at healthy levels. Alcohol is harsh on other organs too, especially the liver. When you take a step away from drinking alcohol, you are giving your liver a chance to regenerate itself. Your body thinks that alcohol is basiclly a poison and the liver has to work overtime to metabolize this. The more you drink alcohol the harder your liver is working. The harder your whole body is working.
Abstaining from alcohol for a long duration, breaks any habits you have formed around it and allows you to become aware of any dependency you might have with the substance. The body will have a chance to balance out and reset. If you are used to having alcohol in your life take note of how you feel without alcohol in your life, especially in the morning when you wake up. You will most likely find that you are more awake and clear-headed. Your relationships and work life in all probability will improve and your focus on purpose will hopefully become clearer.
Some Alternatives to Alcohol
I am on an alcohol free challenge right now. I have gone through many times without drinking. In fact, every year in the Spring and Fall I do my 21 Day Cleanse where I eliminate alcohol. I have gone through pregnancies without alcohol. I have never just stopped drinking to stop drinking. I have a love/hate relationship with alcohol and I have recently realized that it is not a healthy relationship that I want to continue.
So... I am taking a break to step away and to gain a clearer perspective on my relationship with it. It's a 90 day challenge. I will be posting about my discoveries on my blog, on instagram @earthie_mama and in my newsletter that you can subscribe to above right.
Thanks for joining me on my journey. I am always trying to learn, grow and thrive and share it all with you!!! <3
Cheers to health!
P.S. If you are someone who is dependent on alcohol and needs extra help there are plenty of resources. Please reach out firstname.lastname@example.org
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