Make Today the 1st Day of the Rest of Your Life

OK, so the new year resolutions you set just a few weeks ago, seems like an age away. Maybe you got through January, just, and you’re beginning to think if living a sober life is actually for you.

It’s one of the hardest months of the year. Most people don’t have much money so in a sense giving up drink is made easier as there’s less people going out.

Perhaps you’ve experienced this with your friends. However, it whilst it makes it slightly easier to give up, there were probably tugs to get you to join in with drinks at the end of the month on pay day.

It doesn’t matter if you stumbled and had a drink. Why should that stop you from trying again? You know in your mind that you want to leave all the baggage that comes with drinking, behind, and that you know in your mind that giving up drink is what you really, really want to do.

Then, there’s nothing stopping you from making today the 1st day of the rest of your (new sober) life.

It’s all about keeping moving. Don’t dwell on making mistakes. If you had a drink, a sip even, don’t let it get into your head, move on.

The early days are hard.

Giving up drinking isn’t easy.

I found that the best thing to do was to go out for long walks. Just head out to the country, or to the park. Anything to get fresh air. Give your head some fresh oxygen, to help it make better decisions.

Always, after coming in from a long walk, I’d feel better and have a more positive outlook on life. I could almost leave all those worries behind me and kind of re-focus.

You can’t do this sitting on the sofa, watching TV.

Nope. If you try that, you’ll end up wanting a beer with it, and before you know it, you’ll be back to your old ways. To be honest, we’re all creatures of habit. This is why, when you give up drinking, you need to find new habits to do, in order to replace the old ones.

You’re never too old to start. I knew in my early 20s, that drinking wasn’t for me. But it took me another decade to get my act together. I gave up so many times in that period. Swore to myself I’d never have another drop. But it wouldn’t last. I’d give up. I didn’t have the drive and energy that I found in later life, to really go for it.

But, no matter what, we all have the ability to say to ourselves, go for it, do it, make this one count. Make it count today and use today as the springboard to get you heading in the direction it is you want to go.

Giving up drink has given me loads of confidence. Quietly, I know there are so many things I can do now I’ve climbed this particular mountain.

It’s a great feeling.

Have you found it too?

Author: James

Sharing stories of recovery and strategies to help you keep sober. Visit my blog today - https://stopping-drinking.com/

4 thoughts on “Make Today the 1st Day of the Rest of Your Life”

  1. I decided to give up drinking as I am not an alcoholic but more of a binge drinker didn’t drink every day but as I did turn 40 on November 19th 2016 I began to feel this drinking thing is not for me anymore the hangovers were harder to get rid of and I wasn’t making very smart decisions when I was intoxicated and hurting someone special in my life… so I am done drinking and gonna stick with marajuana because it doesn’t at all have the negative effects on me that drinking alcohol does… so I am 21 days sober no alcohol at all and trying to give up smoking cigarettes too which I am almost 2 days on that attempt..

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    1. Hi Sue,
      Congratulations on deciding to give up drinking. How are you getting on…you’ve decided to give up both smoking and drinking at the same time. You might find that it helps, because if you do one, you’ll want the other…and vice versa. I hope it works for you.
      Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on. James

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      1. Yes I am 26 days without drinking any alcohol and pretty proud of myself but I am having a hard time saying no to a cigarette right now a little stressed these days to personal issues with certain people but I am doing great with the quitting alcohol so that was my initial priority to quit drinking

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        1. Well done you! I remember a month being a great achievement, as I’d never gone a month without drinking. You’re nearly there. Remember to take it a day at a time and focus on how much better you are feeling without drinking. Keep in touch.

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