If you know me well you know giving up alcohol was never high on my priority list, I love my white wine! So why all of a sudden am I pulled to give up alcohol for an entire year?1
Alcohol, especially wine, are highly recommended in mom groups as a way to deal with day to day stress. Often if a mom posts asking for advice on how to deal with out of control kids or stressful situations, you will see several people pipe up suggesting wine as the answer.
Of course having the "blessing" of other moms makes it so much more appealing. And its become so normalized for mama to need her evening glass ...or bottle... of wine.
The problem for me is that I used wine as my 'self care'. Being stressed and exhausted I would grab a glass or two of wine to relax me. Unfortunately thought the initial few sips offer the desired effect, the wine would cause the opposite of what I intended. Alcohol made me tired, dehydrated and more miserable in the end. So for me this is a need to improve my coping skills and self care. While I've had no issues giving up alcohol completely for my pregnancies, doing it just for myself seems so much more daunting.
I'm not used to focusing on my needs and putting myself first. My self care in pretty inexistent. Quitting alcohol for a year, and maybe longer, will force me to actually use proper self care methods.
After discussing this with my husband, we decided to tackle a year of sobriety as a team. Both of us feel that alcohol doesn't serve us and is somewhat pointless. We want to use that energy to focus more on building up our YouTube business.
What are your big goals for 2019?
Are you doing something totally out of your comfort zone?