Quitting alcohol can be very difficult, but it is not impossible. At least that’s what Chrissy Teigen proved to us. She stopped drinking six months ago and has been sober ever since. If this doesn’t motivate you, then we don’t know what is. Alcohol addiction can often prove to be detrimental to both your mental and physical health, leading to weight gain, worsening anxiety and sleep disturbances.
Uncontrolled alcohol use can turn you into a completely different person. Even if you decide to stop consuming it, the addiction will make it difficult for you to stick with it. It’s still the first month of the new year and many have put quitting alcohol on their list of New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re still struggling with it, American model Chrissy Teigen’s latest social media post might just give you the motivation you need.
In the post, she revealed that she had successfully gone through six months without alcohol. “Honestly it kind of sucks to say it because while I never crave it now, the time hasn’t really flown by haha. I probably won’t be excited for a bigger milestone like at least 5 years, and sometimes I don’t even know if I will necessarily never drink again?’ she said. She went on to describe the changes she’s noticed in herself since then, claiming she now has “endless energy, much less anxiety (no more benzos!).” She said she was more “present” and happier than ever.
dr. Ishina Choudhary, a psychologist, cognitive-behavioral therapist and founder of Insight Alchemy, told IndianExpress that it takes time and patience to completely quit alcohol and that understanding one’s relationship with alcohol is crucial. She emphasized the importance of starting mindfulness to recognize if you have a drinking problem and to do something about it. According to Dr. Choudhary, it is important to identify the triggers that make a person want a drink and then look for alternative coping mechanisms, such as walking, connecting with friends, listening to music and reading. She also recommended seeking the help of loved ones or considering therapy, as well as taking control of your social life and environment to avoid temptations and distractions.
She also recommended keeping a journal to track your fitness because it allows you to stay in touch with your innermost thoughts and feelings, both when you drink and when you’ve stopped or limited your alcohol intake. She also recommended self-compassion and avoiding self-criticism.
“You should also strive for a better and healthier lifestyle with balanced meals, regular activity with enjoyable workouts, getting a good night’s sleep and staying hydrated,” she said.
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