Learning to quit drinking alcohol is often more achievable when we focus on how to embrace sobriety rather than simply fighting a temptation to drink.
For example, look at this famous quote: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
This quote is another way of saying that which you focus on becomes bigger, stronger and more powerful. And by focusing your energy on living a life of sobriety you thereby reduce the amount of time and energy dedicated to alcohol – thus weakening its influence on you.
How to Embrace Sobriety
1. Throw Away the Booze. The first step towards embracing sobriety is to throw away (or give away) any alcohol you have stored at home or work. This may be very difficult for some people, but by doing this you reinforcing the concept that alcohol is not important in your life. This is an extremely important mindset to have going forward. If you can, get up and throw away your booze RIGHT NOW. You’ll immediately feel as if you’ve been given a second chance at a healthy lifestyle. And you have!
2. Throw Away the Bar-ware. You no longer need the bar-ware or glassware associated with drinking. Throw away (or give away) wine glasses, beer mugs, shot glasses, wine bottle openers, bar signs and paraphernalia, and anything else that you used for the express purpose of drinking alcohol. You do not need reminders such as these in your life. Remember, you want to embrace sobriety, not a drunken lifestyle! If you can’t bring yourself to throw these things away, pack them up in a box and store them in the attic or basement. There is simply no need to look at things that REMIND you of alcohol, is there?
Tip: Surrounding yourself with healthy food and beverage options will help you move toward a sober lifestyle.
3. Add Healthy Drink Alternatives. Now that the alcohol is gone, you’ll need to give yourself a better option when you’re thirsty. Water is the healthiest beverage for you, but also consider green tea, freshly vegetable juices, and green smoothies. Invest in a high-quality blender so that when you feel thirsty you can give yourself genuine nourishment and nutrition. There is no better way to embrace a sober lifestyle than consuming healthy beverages. But, you have to FIRST make sure that those healthy beverages are available for you to consume!
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