We are thrilled that so many of the members of our Clear Minds Facebook support group have chosen to extend Dry January for another month this year! They have had such a good experience quitting alcohol using our hypnotherapy sessions that they've dubbed this month 'Fab Feb' and are supporting each other through another month without drinking.
We are so proud of them, and thought we'd talk about a few of the gains they've experienced, and what you can look forward to if you decide to join them in quitting alcohol for 30 days.
To begin with, there are some incredible physical gains:
1. Lower blood pressure
2. Liver recovers function
3. Better digestion
4. Clearer Skin
5. More Energy
6. Reduced possibility of cancer (amongst other illnesses).
These are just some of the physical benefits for eliminating alcohol and detoxing your system for 30 days. What it will do for your mental and emotional health is something else entirely.
Alcohol has a negative effect on your mood, especially over time, because it is a depressant. The first few sips of alcohol might feel relaxing and secure, but over time regular consumption turns to habit, which results in over-consumption that intoxicates the mind and makes you feel worse and worse and worse. You notice yourself getting more down. You are also likely to feel less motivated, less able, more stressed and anxious too. So then, you drink more. It’s a vicious circle that can only be stopped if you put a stop to what is causing it in the first place.
You may see it as an escape, but it’s deceiving because every time you take the easy way out and pour another alcoholic drink you are simply perpetuating the cycle. Read more to see why 30 days dry from alcohol is the best cure for the mental and emotional pain you don’t seem to be able to overcome.
Benefits For Your Mental Health
When you quit drinking for 30 days or more the dark grey cloud that seems to distort your thinking everyday will eventually lift. Maybe it's yesterday's hangover or today's fresh intoxication, anyone who drinks nearly everyday will never have a truly clear mind. They will find it hard to cope with stress and emotions, as well as plan for the future. It takes 1-2 weeks for the mind to completely clear of the cloudy, negative thoughts that alcohol poisons it with.
You will find that after 30 days your mind is 100% clean and doesn’t depend on alcohol anymore in order to experience the illusion of well being. Until you have done it, you may not be able to imagine the relief you will feel when you properly detox your mind from alcohol.
For those of you that are used to drinking every day, sometimes in large quantities, there will be changes to your character that you might not anticipate. Alcohol has likely affected your sense of self and personality to such an extent over time that reverting to who you are without it can be a startling change for you and your loved ones. Although this can be disconcerting at first, it is an essential part of healing from the effects of alcohol and is so much better for you in the long run. You will eventually realise that you feel more relaxed, less on edge and less irritable. You will interact with people better and feel more inclined to talk more sympathetically towards the people you love.
In addition, people who drink a lot find it difficult to fall into a deep sleep and achieve the correct amount of time in REM, which is what we need to ensure a healthy, rested sleep. Instead, you find yourself waking up a few times in the night, maybe to drink water because you’re dehydrated, or even to urinate. Then again, you might find it hard to sleep because you’ve ingested too much sugar.
Have you ever felt your heart running at 100 miles an hour, unable to sleep after consuming way too much alcohol?
That is because alcohol is a concentrated form of sugar. So, you may find yourself falling asleep easily and quickly, but two hours later you’re wide awake and your sleep patterns are all over the place.When you stop drinking you will find that you sleep much better. Not only that, but when you sleep better you are much more relaxed and your mood is much happier. You have allowed your mind sufficient REM time without any interruptions.
Apart from a better temper, as well as a more focused perception of things your energy levels will eventually be much higher without alcohol in your system. You might find yourself bursting with ideas and good energy alongside a will power that inspires you to achieve anything that you want in life. Things will seem possible again because your mind is not clouded by that distorted feeling drink brings on. Furthermore, you will not be controlled by the desire to drink in the first place, which also takes up unnecessary mind power.
Get Past The First Few Days
Although this all paints pretty picture of what life can be like without a drink, we realise that it is easier said than done. Anyone, who has a habit attached to drinking alcohol will know that giving up drinking alcohol for 3 days, let alone 30, seems impossible! It isn’t though. In fact, it is very possible. Our hypnotherapy sessions allow your mind to shift around the very idea of drinking, and our FB community group can support you as you take your first steps.
Be warned that in the first week you may find it difficult. It will be very challenging for you to overcome the initial feelings of giving up alcohol. Yes, that is correct. Do not expect the feeling of relief and wellness to be instant. Everything good comes with a price. Effectively, if you have given your mind a chance to become dependent on alcohol then it will try and play tricks on you. First of all, you will crave it immensely.
Remember I said that alcohol feeds feelings of stress and anxiety. Well, when you stop drinking that is when you feel them the most. The important thing is to not give into these feelings because alcohol will only give them more fuel. You will have to try and override them. That is where our hypnotherapy audios here at Clear Minds are the mental therapy you need to overcome these merciless thoughts you can get when you first stop drinking.
The first day or two might seem fine because you run off adrenaline. However, by day three you may find you are itching and more stressed than ever, with an uncontrollable feeling of tension. This is the mind calling out for alcohol. You must ignore these feelings because they are not real. In effect, they are evidence in showing just how controlling alcohol can be. So, fight them and prove to yourself that you are stronger than that bottle of beer or wine. YOU are in control, not a substance sitting in front of you.
You get access to our FB support group as soon as you purchase one of our hypnotherapy sessions, so try our 30 Days Dry Package today to guide you through what could be the best decision you ever make. A better future waits around the corner! Click here to find out more.
If you are a long term heavy drinker, please talk to your GP/medical practitioner before beginning any alcohol reduction program.