Well, I actually just completed forty days of sobriety. I reached thirty last week and just haven’t had the urge to drink since.
I decided to do this not because I have a problem – but because I want to change my life for the better. I want to see how well my body operates without poison in it.
As I travel through this journey of cultivating a healthy lifestyle I have begun to ask the question – what if we are only operating at 20% or 30% of what our bodies and minds are capable of? What if the toxins, poisons and chemicals we willingly put into our bodies every day hinder us from reaching 100%? With this in mind, I was curious to see how my body and mind would feel after thirty days of no alcohol. At some point in my life I want to reach 100%.
Regular alcohol consumption is a contributor to poor gut, skin and hair health. It can worsen anxiety and depression and is a source of empty calories…..I could go on and on but you all know what alcohol is good for and what it’s not – so I’ll shut up now.
But let’s talk about how amazing I feel.
My brain fog has lifted.
After graduating from my marketing program, each day without structure has made it more difficult to focus. I have found myself becoming easily distracted and procrastinating often – leaving me to feel unproductive and foggy brained most days. I can honestly say that after this thirty day detox, I feel much sharper – as if a cloud has been lifted from my brain. Not only am I finding it much easier to focus – but I am much more mindful of moments when I am wasting time.
My energy levels have increased.
During this transformative phase in my life, I have realized I want to be someone who wakes up at 6AM and enjoys an active, healthy and productive day. Ever since I was little I have had trouble waking up in the morning or enjoying a day without a “crash” in the middle of it. During this detox I have definitely noticed an increase in my energy levels – and I don’t “crash” until 9:30PM. Which is cool with me. It keeps me from making bad decisions like late night snacking or going out for a drink on a Tuesday.
My body is changing.
I’ll be honest with you – I was expecting a much more drastic physical change in both my body and skin. But it wasn’t as dramatic as I was hoping for. My skin’s quality didn’t change too much, but I have noticed a difference in muscle definition in my abdominal area – which is pretty exciting. Perhaps if I were to go two or even three months (woah) I would see more of a difference.
My anxiety levels have decreased.
They have actually decreased immensely. Whenever things went sour in the past thirty days, instead of a tight chest and the inability to catch my breath – I am much more calm, zen and able to focus on finding a solution. I definitely do not miss the hangover anxiety I used to feel after a night of drinking.
Pretty rad, huh?
I am so excited to be on this journey and I think it is safe to say I am becoming addicted to these feelings of mental strength and clarity. I went into this challenge expecting a major physical change but have instead achieved a mental one. My relationship with alcohol is definitely different than it was forty days ago. I am able to realize the role alcohol played in my life and how it doesn’t need to be a frequent visitor in order to relieve stress or enjoy myself.
Instead I found more time and energy for exercise, reading, journaling and overall cleaning up certain areas of my life.
I think with anything in life – whether it be a relationship, a job or a project – stepping away from it for a period of time and looking at it with a fresh perspective will always bring you to a better place.
I hope this post has inspired some of you to give this a shot. Or, let me know if any of you have tried something similar to this before and share your experience. I love hearing about nutritional, fitness and spiritual challenges – and a lot of the time will try them myself.