When the idea of not drinking alcohol for the month of October was raised, my heart sank. That sounded like a very tedious mouth full of no fun at all.
Casting my mind back I realised there were probably only a few runs of two or three days without a glass or two in the last few years
…you may know the pattern, the kids are finally in bed, followed by the accompanying sound of a cork being drawn from a bottle- ahhh, adult time at last.
I can easily go without alcohol, I did so for five years on a whim once, but as I work researching into the field of addiction, it’s interesting to note, from my own life, how quickly a routine of perpetual unthinking behaviours can become established.
I also think it is an interesting experience and challenge to observe these routines and to step out of them every once in awhile.
So for October, I will not be drinking, but I WILL be making sure I have as much fun as possible. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Are you joining me?
Is there something you recognised by reading this that maybe you do too often without thinking, that could do with being parked for a few weeks, just to see how it feels and to remind yourself that you always have choices?
Let me know what you decide to re-choose …
You can donate to this great cause here: Sober October raises money for Macmillan Cancer Support
About Phil Parker
Phil specialises in the psychology of health, happiness and genius.