If you’ve been toying with the idea of going alcohol free for a while, then you’ve probably already thought about the benefits this might bring.
There are the obvious things like waking up without a hangover, looking better and making the most of your free time.
But to be honest, those well-known plus points are just the tip of the iceberg. The unexpected benefits of sobriety go much deeper than that.
And they’re exactly what I’m talking about in today’s video…
Ten unexpected benefits
1. You’ll care less about what other people think
Sobriety requires you to go against the grain and this can feel awkward at first. However, once you’ve done this once, it’s then much easier to do more stuff like that. Soon you won’t be worrying as much about what you “should” do or what other people think!
2. Being sober will make you feel strong and proud
Before I quit, I thought sobriety would make me feel boring, weird or like some kind of failure. This is absolutely not the case! Doing the thing you thought you couldn’t do (which so many others can’t even contemplate) is a real boost to your confidence.
3. Your sense of what’s possible changes
When you’re drinking, it’s easy to just accept the status quo or fall into a pattern of saying: “No, I couldn’t do that.” Sobriety changes that perspective, forcing you to reassess what’s possible and figure out what you really want.
4. You can show up for the people you care about
When you’re alcohol free, you can be relied upon at any time of day or night. You don’t have to cancel plans because you feel ill or dodge phone calls because you think you sound drunk. It’s so much easier to do the things that matter.
5. You can figure out what really makes you happy
Society has conditioned us to believe that drinking brings joy and fulfilment. In sobriety, you get to work out what truly lights you up. If you’ve been drinking for a long time, new discoveries may await you!
6. You’ll get clearer about what you do (and don’t) want in your life
When you remove this distracting, mind-altering substance from your life, it becomes a lot easier to see what is and isn’t working. Without alcohol papering over the cracks, the blinkers are off and that is a good thing.
7. You get to find out who you really are
If you’ve spent years (or even decades) relying on alcohol to get you through any awkward situations, then you don’t know what you’re truly capable of yet. It is fascinating to get to know yourself better – you may well be surprised by what you can achieve!
8. You always have more options
When you’re sober, you can drive yourself home from a night out. You can pick a restaurant based on the food, rather than the wine menu. You can give your partner your full attention, rather than keeping one eye on the bottle.
9. You’re fully present
When alcohol steals your focus, you often end up being physically present but mentally absent, so you miss the subtler stuff – the special moments that make life what it is. You’ll no longer be short changed on memories.
10. You’re free to live your right life
Many women who drink simply aren’t living the lives they want. They can’t focus on their goals, hopes or dreams because booze keeps holding them back. Cutting out alcohol removes this roadblock, giving you the time, energy and opportunity to live life fully.