One day, I woke up after declining an invitation of going out and drinking. It was an amazing feeling that I haven’t felt in such a long time. I felt well-rested and enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to spend the rest of the day recovering. I enjoyed it so much that I somehow subconsciously decided to continue this pattern. Except with the occasional glass of wine with dinner and a beer at a BBQ, I noticed that my alcohol intake was significantly lower. So, I started to track my results and this is what I discovered:
I became more productive
Instead of spending the day sleeping in, I would wake up early to get my errands done. It was nice to wake up at 8am on Sunday morning and calmly make breakfast while sorting out my laundry. My apartment would be clean by 11am and I would be out the door by 3pm to visit my family. Waking up early helped me to accomplish things at an appropriate time. I was able to enjoy my family and feel contempt with the choices I have made that day.
I became more health-focused
When I started to slow down my alcohol intake, it motivated me to get my body back into the shape. Going to sleep early gave me the energy I needed to head to the gym. I was pushing myself more than I ever had in high school and the rush of adrenaline gave me a sense of peace I haven’t felt in a while.
My hair started to grow
I have spent over a year trying to grow my hair. It was incredibly frustrating. I watched hundreds of Youtube videos and spent hours researching articles on home treatments. It wasn’t when I started to put down the glass, did I started to see some results. I had my hair permed a few years ago and after a few weeks of no alcohol, my curls were looking healthier, shinier, and thicker. It stopped shedding as much and I even started to see less split ends.
I discovered who I wanted to be surrounded by
Jim Rohn has stated that “you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with“. A 20-year old research study has also demonstrated that happy people surround themselves with other happy people. When I read this article, I understood better why the friendships I had with certain people started to break apart. The reason why I was drinking as often as I did was because I was surrounding myself with those who made drinking a priority. I didn’t want to feel left out so I joined them. Once I stopped drinking, the calls and texts did as well. They wanted to get wasted when I wanted to spend quality time. They spent money on drinks when I wanted to save for something worthwhile.
It was hard at first, but in the end it helped open my eyes to see the life I wanted. Now, I will admit that I do have a drink every now and then but it’s on certain occasions and if I don’t feel like drinking, I tell my friends. Those are true friends understand and those who didn’t, well I’ll catch them when I do.
What about you? Have you noticed any changes in your life spiritually, mentally, or physically since you stopped drinking? Or have you thought about quitting, but didn’t know how or if it was worth it?
Let me know by commenting below!