Updated: Jul 30, 2020
I'll never forget the day that I was told: "There is nothing wrong with you"! I can't even begin to count the number of times I told myself that I must have missed out on the gene lottery for a "take it or leave it" mentality around drinking. I was convinced that I was stuck with constantly wanting a drink at the end of everyday. I used to dream of the days in my past when I never thought about a drink. But somehow I'm in a "Ground Hog's Day" movie. I'd wake up promising myself that I won't drink today, then I find myself pouring a drink around dinner time. And, in my mind I had completely justified why it was ok to just have 1, but more often than not it was more on the average of 3-4. You're probably asking what can you do right now to make a change today? Here is what I did: 1. Clean out your mind. You're probably saying, "that sounds boring" and "useless". All I can say is that I guarantee it works. Think of your mind as a house. It houses every big and small belief that you have. Houses get cluttered and need cleaning out. Writing down your thoughts is like spring cleaning. Mind you, you must do it more than once a year. Start with 5 minutes every other day. Soon you'll see a change and you'll notice when you don't put the time into clearing out your mind, you'll find yourself back to your old beliefs and eventually your old habits... drinking when you don't want to drink. 2. Ask yourself questions about your drinking habit. Your brain loves to be asked questions. Your brain is very curious. If you just let your brain live on auto pilot it will continually seek instant gratification and not long term well-being. If you ask questions and keep your thoughts in check you'll find yourself in more control. 3. Make a plan. A written plan. Your brain loves a schedule. I can guess what you're thinking. "How boring!", "I'm a fly by the seat of my pants kinda girl". When you have a plan and you honor it you have less time for negotiation. Making decisions ahead of time helps with only relying on your willpower. Willpower as you know gets depleted over time. Start today. Don't wallow in yesterday. Look back at it with curiosity! Learn from it and move on. It's the healthiest thing you can do for yourself! If you need someone to talk to, I'm here.
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