I decided to do “Sober October” this month #ForTheHealthOfIt, after a lot of drinking events over the past few months, and just feeling like my body needed a break. I like to take breaks from alcohol anytime I get busy with work or have a big project I want to accomplish (my productivity and energy levels soar), and October seemed like a good time for me as I ramp up both of my businesses going into the busy holiday season. Usually I just cut out drinking and focus on work, but for some reason, this time around a Facebook ad caught my attention and I clicked on it…
It was a site called Sober Sis and they were advertising a 21 day alcohol-free “reset” program with daily educational emails and videos, and a private social support network of other women throughout the country doing a “reset” in October as well. I’ve never bothered to educate myself on alcohol before (it seemed pretty straightforward to me) but I was curious, so I signed up and decided to give it a try.
The women I did the 21 Day Reset with this past month ran the whole gamut – from people who are social drinkers looking to take a break (like me), to women who don’t drink often but when they do they cannot seem to stop themselves, to women who drink heavily daily. The focus of the 21 Day Reset wasn’t abstinence – it was learning, and then taking what you’ve learned to move forward in your goals. For some that is being alcohol-free for life, and for others that is moderation. They emphasized “progress over perfection” and when women in my 21 Day Reset group did have a drink they weren’t shamed and it wasn’t considered a “relapse” or a failure. They called it a “data point” – it was something to get curious about and explore so you could better understand your relationship with alcohol moving forward.
I’m sharing this because I really found this 21 Day Reset program to be so valuable. It taught me a lot, and if anyone reading this is also interested in exploring or changing their relationship with alcohol I wanted you to know this is a wonderful, supportive, non-judgmental resource that I’d highly recommend.
*Photo with my greyhound, Ever, just because she’s so darn cute and happy!