St. Patrick’s Day is arguably one of the holidays that is based around drinking. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for more than 1,000 years. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Now that it is over, it seems like the perfect time to regroup and go alcohol-free for a month. You may be thinking to yourself, “why?.” You would be surprised by the benefits you can reap from just going alcohol-free for one month.
This article will discuss the top 4 benefits of going sober for a month and how they correlate to a more stable mental health.
Simply put, drinking less alcohol also lowers your daily calorie intake. For example, an average glass of wine or beer is about 150 calories. Add those calories up throughout a month, and you will be shocked to see the number of empty calories you consumed.
The way you feel in your body and how you feel about yourself directly correlates to how you feel mentally. Being healthy is the number 1 priority, and if you begin to form a healthier relationship with your body, your mental health will thank you!
More Money in Your Pocket
By cutting out alcohol for a month, your wallet will also benefit. From just one month of being sober, you could save hundreds of dollars. After these savings, you can now buy yourself something nice, because you deserve it!
For some people, money issues are a cause of stress and anxiety. It is helpful to find ways to save money and allow yourself to feel less stressed and overwhelmed. It is one less expense you will have to worry about!
Better Sleeping Habits
Science has proven that on the nights you have been drinking, you will indeed have a worse sleep than usual. You may have also noticed this yourself, you may fall asleep quicker, but your sleep quality is drastically reduced.
Mental health and sleep go hand in hand. Waking up in the morning feeling tired is not a great way to start your day. Studies have shown that sleep deprivation increases the risk of developing a certain mental illness. Doing what you can to improve your sleep patterns is crucial for maintaining a solid and secure mental health.
Improvements to Your Overall Well-being
The day after you had a couple of drinks, you may feel like you have less energy. This puts a damper on your mood, which affects your mental health. You will immediately start feeling more energetic and happier, which will allow you to take on more tasks throughout the day and also be a better employee.
Being productive and completing a task that you want to get done can have such a positive effect on your mental health. You will feel more accomplished, and your confidence will rise.
You will start to feel your mood is better, your memory is sharper, you will have better judgement, and the list just goes on and on.
Suppose you are currently experiencing anxiety, depression or are constantly feeling overwhelmed. In that case, it may be a good idea to try cutting out alcohol for a month to see how you feel!
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