So if you don't do the same thing, your brain goes WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING? YOU HAVE DONE THE SAME THING EVERY SINGLE DAY FOR YEARS. I AM COMFORTABLE WITH YOU DOING THE SAME THING AND I DON'T KNOW WHY YOU WANT TO CHANGE… JUST HAVE A DRINK YOU WILL FEEL BETTER…. FEEL MORE NORMAL.
So, what can you do instead? Here's a little inspiration for you…
After one week without alcohol, have you noticed you are sleeping better?
For me, this was has been of the BIG benefits, blissful sleep!
Alcohol might help you to get off to sleep, because of its sedative properties, but your sleep is disturbed as your liver enzymes metabolise the alcohol. Your liver is working harder and needs to keep your body in a more wakeful state in order to do the work it needs to do to rid your body of the alcohol.
The things we do to our body hey?
How does alcohol affect your sleep patterns?
With regular drinking, people spend more time in deep sleep and less time in REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is the essential restorative phase of sleep that occurs in cycles throughout the night during which your body naturally takes care of all the functions in organs and restores cells.
Without good REM sleep, you will feel tired the next day, even if you sleep in longer.
Drinking more frequently disturbs your sleep
Not only will you be up to pee more frequently, alcohol is a diuretic, which encourages your body to excrete water, so you will sweat more too, leaving you dehydrated.
It can also cause you to snore more. Because it relaxes the muscles in your throat, constricting the airways and causing vibration.
A few tips for a good night's sleep
Here is a recording you can download to help you to sleep.
Here's to a good night's sleep!
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My first big challenge in my impressive decision (impressive to me!) to give up drinking for three months came on the first weekend with an invitation from friends to spend a weekend in Montanejos, a beautiful village with thermal springs and lots of nature to enjoy. There were six of us, one other non-drinker, the others got absolutely hammered on the first night. It was staggering the amount of alcohol that was consumed. I would guess about 1.5 to 2 bottles of wine per person, some beers, G&Ts and good old Spanish half-a-glass brandy snifters afterwards. It was quite a party.
Stick to your good decision and observe what is going on around you and the grip that alcohol has on people and society, it can be eye opening.
As an Aussie girl, my culture has fostered a drinking ethic of 'drink to be the last one standing', 'drink them under the table', etc., which I have done on many occasions and now I am thinking, what is the point of it all?
During lockdown, I found that I was drinking more, and I'm not alone in this. According to statistics, I was among about 30% of the population (UK), drinking more during lockdown... boredom? isolation?... I don't know... but at some point, I said nah... this isn't good... Let's sort this out.
So here I am at 3 months and 2 days. I never would have believed I could do it. I had one 'blip', about two weeks in, where I had a bottle of wine over a weekend. I did not enjoy that old feeling of hangover at all! So I started again on 29 June. I've got this now. Going for a year, and actually I feel so good about this that I don't see the point of ever drinking again. I don't miss it, even in social situations where everyone is drinking.
I am looking forward to filling up my OCTOBER with you all. I'll share some tips throughout the month that have helped me.
Enjoy the journey! There is much to enjoy and you will learn something interesting about yourself.
Tips for day 1
(I'd better say, just in case... If you're a heavy drinker, it could be dangerous for you to quit cold turkey. Go visit the doctor or get some specialist support, then come back and join us. Also, if you are feeling suicical, please contact The Samaritans).
On day 1 you are highly motivated. You have good reasons for wanting to achieve your goal and a success would feel great. You have an inkling of just what that success would feel like.
Keep your focus on your 'whys'. Why do you want to do this? State them in the positive. So (for example) rather than 'When I look in the mirror, I don't want to feel...', say 'When I look in the mirror, I want to feel...'.
Make a list or keep a journal. Your 'whys' are important, they will keep you going in moments of doubt.
Here's a year planner that I have found to be a useful and inspiring tool. Right-click to download and print.
Here are the very basics. Please ask me if you have any questions! I love to talk about hypnosis and answer all the different questions that people think of.