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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 7}

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Is it difficult to not drink each evening?

Today is Tuesday, the seventh day of my journey.

I’ve made it one week without alcohol! 

It actually wasn’t as difficult as I thought.

For me, once the option to drink is off the table, I don’t really think about it much.

On the other hand, if I wasn’t doing this 30-day sobriety stint and I had the option to have some wine in the evening, it would be hard for me to say no.

I don’t know why that is.

But I compare it to when you’re pregnant. It’s easy to go nine months without alcohol then, because it’s not an option to drink.

Well, maybe not easy, but it’s not a daily struggle. For me, anyways.

When you’re not pregnant, however, I think it’s really easy to say, Today was rough…I REALLY need a glass of wine to decompress.

Yet then I remember that when I was pregnant, I had rough days. Really rough days when my kids were being a-holes and the house got destroyed and dinner got ruined.

And wine wasn’t an option. 

AND I STILL MADE IT THROUGH.


So why can’t I do that now? 

Apparently I can, because I’ve made it through a week of good days and bad days, first days of school, and days where I was exhausted…and I still haven’t sought comfort in a glass of wine.

So what can you do if you are really stressed out and you want another option besides alcohol to take the edge off?

  • Have a mini Halloween candy (trust me, they are already in stores!).
  • Exercise. Go for a short run or walk. Do sprints in your backyard!
  • Watch a TV show.
  • Call a friend.
  • Read a funny book. Maybe this one
  • Have a glass of de-stressing tea. This is my favorite one
  • Light a scented candle. I LOVE all the fall scents, like apple and pumpkin!
  • Pour some seltzer or water w/ lemon in a wine glass.

Once you realize that you don’t, in fact, need a drink to get through a stressful situation, it becomes easier to decline the offer the next time.

Another small victory today– I went to Target and didn’t even go down the beer/wine aisle. That’s a first!

Enjoy your drinks, y’all…I’ll just be over here reading about drinking while I don’t drink.

Cheers!

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