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5 Things That Helped Me Get Sober

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The First Ten Days of Sobriety Are the Hardest!

The first ten days of sobriety are crucial. If you think you have a problem and want to stop drinking, you have a lot of hard work to do. It’s not going to be easy, but the benefits of sobriety are worth it!

If you’ve had enough and you are tired of being sick and tired, you may want sobriety bad enough to end the vicious cycle. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Many people live without alcohol in their lives. It is possible!

Five things that helped me deal with my cravings.

1. Tea

I stocked up on different kinds of tea! I love drinking tea throughout the day. It is warm and soothing to the soul. I am embracing it’s health benefits compared to the ones derived from alcohol. There is no comparison. The effects of alcohol were detrimental to my health, especially with the amount I drank.

Drinking tea allows me to unwind and escape in a different way that the drink did. I am often captured by its calming effects and warmth. Tea brings me to a place of peace and serenity throughout the day. It is healthy and revitalizing.

Tea

2. GABA

I love my GABA. GABA is a supplement that works to improve mood. Low levels of GABA may be linked to anxiety or mood disorders (source), and taking this supplement during the day seems to help me deal with the withdrawals and cravings of alcohol. When I’m feeling stress and anxiety, I chew on two of these at a time and breathe. These are chewable, but I let them dissolve in my mouth, like candy.

3. Milk Thistle

I just recently discovered this tea and supplement! I recently visited the natural food store in my city. I told the lady that I had quit drinking, and I was looking for some kind of detox tea or cleansing tea to heal my liver from all of the damage drinking may have caused. She recommended milk thistle, and I absolutely love it! It has so many health benefits, including protecting our liver, skin and bones (source). God knows my liver sure does need detoxing. I love that I can take something that may help repare the damage of done to my own body. My health is so important to me.

Milk Thistle

4. Chocolate Cake

Yep! I treated myself daily. Chocolate cake or ice cream hit the spot when I need it most. I eat healthy during the day, but damn, I deserve a treat for my hard work! No guilt. No shame. Honestly, one piece of chocolate cake can’t even be close to the number of calories I drank from a case of beer or a bottle of wine.

Chocolate Cake

5. Exercise

We all know that there are so many health benefits of exercising. Your body may have taken a beating for the last few years, and it may be time to find your strength again. A short walk, jog or run may be an excellent way to start a new habit. Find some form of exercise that you would love to do, yoga, meditate, weight lifting and take the plunge. You won’t regret it. It is never too late to start a new habit, one that will give you your life back!

I consider myself a runner. I don’t run fast, but I go! When I run, I escape. I escape from the pressures of life. I listen to my music and have my own inner party. Running energizes me in no way that alcohol did. I am starting to prefer running then drinking because I know that my body is reaping its benefits! I’ve recently begun training for a virtual half marathon, to be held in October. I know if I am drinking, I could never run as I do now.

I'm running again!

Quitting drinking is probably one of the hardest things someone can do. Our world is filled with alcohol and people who drink. People drink for so many different reasons. I drank to get drunk. It caught up with me and made me someone I didn’t want to continue to be.

Other tips to help you get started on your journey to sobriety

If you can get a good support system, it may help you get the strength you need to get started. You can join an AA program in your community, as I have. The support and love I receive from others who are suffering from the same disease are amazing! I have also found an excellent support system in my Twitter world. Feel free to send me a message as well!

If you are new to sobriety, be kind to yourself. If you can take some time off of work to focus on your recovery, do that! Take time for yourself. I kept to myself for the first months, had naps, watched Netflix and rested my mind, body and soul. It takes practice to calm our minds and to find peace within ourselves. With determination and strength, you have the power to do anything you set your mind to do. Forgive. Love. Breathe and believe.

I will not pick up a drink today!

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