My friend Sarah popped in this evening to return my Yoga mat that she had borrowed and she mentioned that she was doing a ‘dry’ November. She said she fancied having an alcohol free month. She thought it would be good for her health.
It got me thinking about alcohol consumption…
Last week I was on holiday to Padstow with my mum and Noah. We had a lovely relaxed time and mum and I enjoyed having a glass or two of red wine in the early evening whilst we were away.
I find going out for a drink a real treat. With my special MS recovery diet eating out is not really an option so finding a cozy pub for a drink before dinner is a really nice thing to do. Red wine is allowed, encouraged even, on my diet, in moderation, so it doesn’t break any of the rules for recovery.
When I am at home I don’t usually drink in the week and only have a few at the weekend. When I got back from holiday however, I felt as though I was craving a glass at about 5 or 6pm, just when we would have been out in Padstow!
A few days back into the home routine and I am getting used to having a 5pm peppermint tea instead! Talking about having a ‘dry’ month with Sarah got me thinking about abstaining from something and whether it is a mindful thing to do.
On the one hand I think that completely resisting something you want is the most difficult way forward. When you ban yourself from something you enjoy you give it a status as something very desirable. When you resist something you tend to increase the intensity with which you crave it!
Allowing yourself the thing you desire but in moderation seems to me to be the more mindful solution. This could apply equally well to chocolate or coffee or what ever it is you really love to have. Try these top tips for mindful craving avoidance…
1) Decide how much you want to have in advance and measure it out. Put the rest away so you aren’t tempted to dive in for more.
2) Before you even start to consume look at whatever you are about to have, savour the moment. Sniff it, enjoy the aroma.
3) Make sure you totally enjoy the amount that you have. Consume it really slowly. Taste every drop. Swallow slowly. Notice the after flavour.
Come on a Revitalise Day to get more mindfulness time that can get your life working in more balance.