I’m now sober a day short of 3 weeks and I’m feeling great mentally. My mood is so much better and even though my sleep is still not as good as I would like it to be I am far less irritable than I can ever remember being.
I started thinking about the reasons for this. I’ve always had a sense of purpose. I am a do-er (I don’t think that’s even a word) not one to sit around and if I am sitting around I am usually thinking about what I could be doing. It drives my husband nuts as he is the opposite. We both work full time and we have an 8 year old daughter but anything after that my husband is sitting on the couch with the TV remote in his hand watching whatever sport is on, that’s OK, that’s him. His sense of purpose, sport! He loves it. Cricket, football, rugby or golf. If he isn’t watching it he is reading about it.
I have many things outside of work and being a parent that I love to do. I am studying to become a nutritionist, I love the cinema and musicals and try to go a couple of times a month, this blog, my strength training, cooking healthy meals for the fam but also baking treats too. Even before I quit drinking alcohol I always had a sense of purpose.
For some reason as time goes on and 3 weeks in all the things I have listed above including my work and parenting I am enjoying 10 fold. I am feeling motivated, excited, energized and happy about all of it. I am usually tired, low and feeling like everything is an effort. This has to be down to not boozing doesn’t it! My sense of purpose now seems to have more purpose.