It has come to my realisation that perhaps giving up drinking is more about breaking a habit. I am getting close to 10 months without drinking, and trust me, it is as surprising to me as it may sound to you. Why do we drink daily? Why do we choose to do crazy things when drinking? Perhaps it’s all just a bad habit.
When I first gave up drinking, it was all about creating new healthier routines. Rather than cracking a bevy at 5pm I went out for a walk, or a had a sparkling water or I did something fun to occupy my time and mind. In the early days it was more about keeping busy, having more positive and healthy distractions and changing my habits. Perhaps I wasn’t addicted? Not drinking now for 10 months perhaps proves that I may not have had an addiction, but simply a bad habit. Let’s look at it a little closer.
A habit is defined as:
‘A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.’
“he has an annoying habit of interrupting me” or more aptly “she had an annoying habit of drinking everyday”.
I think most people can agree, that drinking can become a routine, part of our day to day living, a good way to unwind at the end of the day, or relax with our friends at weekends. But what if this habit becomes too habitual? Meaning, what if this habit just is not good for us?
An addiction is defined as:
‘The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance or activity.’
Synonyms include: dependency, craving, habit, weakness, compulsion and enslavement.
So it seems an addiction is closely linked to habitual behaviour, we all know that. But it feels like habits are easier to break than addictions right? So which do you have? A bad habit or an addiction?
We are all learning every day in this crazy thing called life. Everyone faces different but similar challenges as we navigate our lives in idealistic ways. I hope that my writing can bring you joy and encourage you to live a healthy happy life. What are some bad habits you are trying to break? I suggest writing them down and coming up with a good habit to replace the old big bad one. Simples.
“A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.” Desiderius Erasmus