Week One – Dry January
Why this year?
The idea of taking a month off from alcohol in my mind was less like a detox and more a chance to go into 2017 with a clear mind. A break from something is also less intense than knowing you can never go back to it. Although I knew it would be difficult, this week hasn’t been easy. I wasn’t really prepared for the lack of red wine at dinner. Or the annoyance when I realised I couldn’t have a beer. Not even just one.
“A month of not drinking won’t be so hard.”
My good deed
I won’t lapse. Not because I don’t have urges and cravings but because already I have exercised more days than I haven’t. I’m eating better, saving money and today is day 5 (in a row) of practicising mindfulness. The money I’m raising is going to a good cause that will hopefully change lives, even if it’s only in a small way. My heart is so heavy with love for people who are supporting me.
For myself, I want to see how/if I change. If my mood is better, if I manage to stick to more exercise, if I feel healthier. Maybe the yoga will replace the glass of wine that I’ve become so used to having (and have probably successfully mentioned five times in this article). Learning and understanding myself better is an on-going process but spending most of 2016 in a weird alcohol-induced haze has made me even more intrigued to see if I can do it and maintain positivity and a better state of mind. 12 days down, 19 to go.