So, today is the final day of Sober October. Which is INSANE. I cannot begin to explain how much I’ve taken from this month. It sounds like a dramatic thing to say to but I honestly think it’s changed my life.
A month ago, 31 days off the booze seemed like an unbearable challenge. One that I thought I was going to hate every second of and be delighted when it was over.Continue reading
Before I start this, I just want to make it super clear that I am NOT a doctor. So I have 0 expertise in the area of mental health, I’m also not a fitness expert. What I can talk about is how fitness, and especially boxing, have gone hand in hand with a massive improvement to my mental health and state of mind. It’s personal experience.
Another Sunday, another day of reflection on whats been a very up and down week. On the positive side of things, I’ve still not had a drink (20 days now!) and the difference in how my body and mind feel is incredible. I’ve stopped missing the feeling of “having a few beers” now too which is great!
As today is Sunday, I thought I’d reflect back on how I’ve felt during the last week and look at some of the things I’ve achieved. I figure this time might help me process things so that I can go into the new week with a clear head.
The first thing I will say is that I still haven’t had a drink. Even more positively than that, I haven’t really noticed that I haven’t had one. That might sound strange, to say I’ve not noticed it, but as I’m trying to change my drinking habits, not noticing that I haven’t drank feels like a big step for me.
As it’s World Mental Health Day, I felt like I should put something out on my blog because mental health issues/awareness/recovery have been such a big part of my year.
It was a Thursday morning, the 18th of July, in what I now look at as the most important day of 2019 for me.
Coming, into 2019, I was feeling really good. I was in arguably the best shape I’d ever been in, I’d decided I wanted to give my biggest passion, Stand Up Comedy a go and I was happy in my work and personal life. I felt like it was going to be a big year for me.
This blog is a little different, I want to write about something that came up in a recent counselling session – self awareness. It’s a term I hadn’t even thought about until the last few years of my life, and more in depth in the last 6 months or so. I think its gone hand in hand with starting comedy. The easiest thing I found to write about when I first started was myself. Bear with me, this will all make sense….
So today is the 8th of October. I’ve passed my first week of being sober for this month. I’m ashamed to say it, but I think the last time I went this long without a drink was this time last year, which when I write it down seems absolutely crazy.
What I’ve also found weird is that I’m kind of resenting how much better I feel already. I don’t know what that says about my relationship with alcohol but I worry by the end of the month that I’ll be one of those people who says shit like “ I don’t need to drink on a night out to have fun” and all my friends will resent me for being boring and healthy.
After getting back from Morocco I decided that this month I’m taking part in Sober October again. It’s the third consecutive year that I’ve done this. But this year is different, I’m again doing it through the official Macmillan charity event that they do each year, may page can be seen here. However, in the 2 previous years I’ve copped out by being bought a “golden ticket” which has allowed me to basically have a piss up.