How not drinking alcohol changed my life
For 40 days now I haven't had any alcohol. It is quite a change, as I used to drink quite a lot- going out with friends, watching football in bars, having cocktails. I have had a hard few months- writing a bachelor, working part time and taking pictures, going to events- needless to say I didn't spend a lot of time looking after myself. I didn't do any excersize, I was quite unhealthy- when I look back I am surprised I survived haha. So after finishing my bachelor I decided to stop drinking and I started eating very selectively and I also started walking about 8km/ day. And after nearly a month and a half I can tell on my body how much better I am feeling.
1) I started having evening routines.
You know whenever you come home tipsy, you brush your teeth and kinda just pass out in bed? Even if you don't come home too late, you don't feel like taking off your make-up and stuff. Well, now- every evening, no matter what time I get home ( I have had a lot of long nights in the Czech Republic) I remove my make-up, wash my face, brush my teeth- really well, put some argan oil in my hair and prepare for my sleep. In total I spend maybe 30 minutes doing all that.
For 2 weeks I haven't skipped a day when I do this- normally some routines like this would last until the first night out, when I was too tired to do anything. But now I can see my skin is almost perfect, I don't have any pimples or black circles under my eyes. My hair is super healthy- it looks good even if I don't wash it for 3 days. I can tell my my body is a lot cleaner or something like that! It feels really good.
2) I have a lot more time.
We all know that ,with age, going out and drinking brings not only a one day hangover, but it messes up at least two days. The first morning you wake up tired and sick, so one day is pretty much wasted. The second day is never 100% ok. Some lucky individuals, don't have these problems, but for me it started around the age of 20, that the hangovers were just so much worse and I felt like sh*t for a long time.
Now, I can wake up every morning completely fresh. Even if I was out until maybe 1 or 2 am I am still feeling at least 98% in the morning. I wake up, have breakfast, go for a walk or do some work and I feel ok. I think this part is the most important for me because ,with all the school and work I will have to pull through once I start my masters degree, I will need all the time I can get.
3) I realised I don't need to be drunk to have a good time.
Before I decided to quit, I though not drinking would mean that I can't be as social and that hanging out with friends won't be fun. Actually the complete opposite is true, being sober all night means that I remember everything I spoke about with people, so I have better conversations. Also I won't humiliate myself by doing something completely stupid in the public. It is also nice that my friends are very understanding of the fact that I don't want to drink. And that is really important! There is nothing worse than having someone pushing you into drinking haha.
4) I feel 1000000% times better than before.
As I mentioned previously, the past semester was tough. Even though I didn't realise it at the moment, the amount of stress and "fear" was pretty devastating. And since I would go out and drink, rather than stay at home and cool off, I didn't have any "down time" for myself, so I was constantly working on half strength.
I still have days, when I am not feeling perfect, but I can tell a lot more how my body feels, because when I am tired it is only due to the fact that I have been doing too much. It doesn't happen anymore that I would try to stay out as long as possible because of FOMO ( Fear of Missing Out). It is a lot easier for me now, than before, to be able to tell when I need to rest and cool down. It feels really good haha!
5) I save so much $$$.
Yeah, this part is actually quite worth it haha. Since I don't have any cocktails, and I am also not drinking anything besides tea, coffee or water- I save so much money! I mean I go out and spend maybe 20DKK on drinks per night- compared to maybe 300-400/DKK. Now the question is- what will I do with all the extra money?? :D!
All this said, I am not trying to promote sobriety or anything! I completely respect people who go out and party. For me I think that time has passed- not the going out, but the heavy partying phase of all that. At this point I am not sure if I am quitting drinking forever, or if it is just for some time. However considering how good I am feeling, I don't think that anything will be worth having a drink. I know I can have fun and be social without alcohol. I might not stay out as long, but I can still have a good time. I just don't feel sh*t in the morning. It might sound strange, but I think stopping drinking is one of the best decisions I made in a long time!