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May 10, 2017 at 10:51 am #17728Participant
Greetings from the middle of Day 9!
Without booze and its effects, I have so much more time in my day, as so many of you have noted. I just ordered some new piano books, which are at my present playing level now (MUCH lower than in college), and this is a good start to accessing my creative side. By drinking a bottle of wine every night, I had absolutely no motivation to play piano, read, sew, write….do all the things that help me process the pain of life. I am a creative person, but was stifling this by numbing myself. I did not drink to have fun socially – I am an outgoing person by nature and love a good party. I drank to numb the difficulties of life. Now, with all this “free time” (evenings – I’m alert!; mornings – I’m not hungover!) I have started reading more, and will try to pick up piano again. I used to process difficulties through being creative, and this is my goal/vision for myself.
My tiny habit will be to do my yoga breaths. 5x a day is hard to figure out.
How are you all doing? How are your cravings going?
May 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm #17731Participant
That is awesome! It makes you wonder why we drink in the first place when we experience life without alcohol. I’ve been doing a whole lot of self care in the evening. It’s funny how I use to complain that I never had time lol. It was just once I took that first drink, all bets were off for me doing anything constructive. I’ve been reading more at night and doing my adult coloring book.
I find coloring keeps me very present. That’s the extent of my creativity for now. Please keep coming back with your positivity! You are helping keep me sober!
May 11, 2017 at 10:07 am #17747Participant
Thank you ! This is so motivating to read this because one of the best reasons to stay sober is not only having more time but actually enjoying it and doing constructive things and feeling GOOD about !I’m going to start up more hobbies as I continue this journey 🙂
April 18, 2018 at 9:06 pm #20699Participant
I am afraid of having more time and being bored or lonely. I did start to plan more social events – yesterday it worked. Today people flaked so I decided to call it an early night & maybe read. Perhaps I just need to rest. That is important too.
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