Being a sober woman comes with some large benefits that maybe you can’t see in your present moment. While you can appreciate some of the obvious positive changes that will occur, there are some smaller nuances that will surprise you. The initial elation of a life with no hangovers, no more chains that bind you, no more booze blues and no more addiction related mistakes. Once you treat your addiction, you’ll be in alignment to be the woman you were destined to be. This will make you a better partner, mother, or colleague.
1. You Won’t Wake Up Hungover
Right now, you may not realize how debilitating your hangovers are. You may wake up groggy every day and feeling exhausted before your feet even hit the ground. And more likely than not, you’ve probably gotten so used to these feelings that you don’t even think of them as being unusual any more.
But when you make the choice to live as a sober woman, your mornings will take on a whole new feel. Just imagine it:
- No more throbbing headaches or overwhelming body aches all morning long.
- No more energy-draining fatigue and dizziness making it nearly impossible to concentrate on even the simplest tasks.
- No more nausea, stomach pain, and overpowering thirst.
- No more increased sensitivity to light and sound making you feel like your senses are under assault for hours at a time.
Beyond just avoiding the physical toxicity that a night of drinking can have on a body, living as a sober woman will also dramatically improve the quality and consistency of your sleep as well. Not only will you avoid the nasty symptoms of a hangover then, you’ll also reap the health benefits of a good night’s sleep.
Sober women agree – sleeping sober is better each and every time.
Plus, you won’t have the dread that you did something awful the night before. Instead, you’ll wake up feeling well rested, and ready to take on the day.
2. You’ll be in Control of Your Life
Addiction causes you to lose control of all aspects in your life. As a woman, you probably wear many hats so being in control helps to maintain the many responsibilities you have. Keeping track of obligations, preserving your composure in difficult situations, and finding the answers to problems are all necessary skills for a modern woman. But when you’re addicted to not being sober, that control starts to slip away. And that can have some serious consequences in your life.
If you have kids, losing control of your life due to your addiction can cause them a lot of angst. You may lose respect at your work place or drift apart from your partner. You could end up alienating friends and family members after saying something you don’t really mean. And if you have specific career goals or life aspirations, becoming a slave to your addiction can force you to put those ambitions on the backburner.
When you’re a sober woman, though, you can make appointments and keep them. You say what you mean and mean what you say. Your life becomes more predictable by choice and you can actually honor your commitments. And when it comes to those dreams and aspirations you’ve had for so long, well, now you have the self-discipline as a sober woman to actually achieve them.
Being a sober woman leaves you feeling fulfilled, centered, and in control.
And there are few things in life as empowering as that.
3. You’re Present for Special Moments
One of the most tragic parts of not being sober is losing out on precious moments in life. When you’re addicted to a substance of any kind, you won’t remember details of important things that happen. The more you sink into your addiction, the more out of touch with people and experiences you are. When you’re drunk at a family function, for example, you lose out on the sweet things kids do. When you’re sober, you can really be in the moment and be present with loved ones.
4. Your Looks Improve Significantly
Being sober will bring life back to your body at a cellular level which will eventually shine through externally. If you’re addicted to alcohol, you’re in a constant state of dehydration which sucks the moisture from your largest organ, the skin. Alcohol robs skin of vitamin A which is the antioxidant that is essential in skin’s cell renewal.
As sober women can tell you, these antioxidants help protect the skin from sun damage ( the natural nemesis of smooth and beautiful skin), wrinkles, splotches, free radicals, and the many maladies from harmful chemicals like cigarette smoke which causes you to age far more quickly. Plus, without all of that essential hydration, the natural glow of your skin becomes bland, muted, and utterly overlookable.
But it isn’t just the skin that’s affected either. When you’re addicted to not being sober, your eyes look bloodshot from low-quality sleep, you’re more puffy and bloated than ever, and your hair becomes dull or greasy – either way, not a great look.
And finally, embracing the life of sober women can do wonders for your waistline. There are a whopping 150 calories in a regular beer, 100 calories in a dry wine, and 60 calories a piece for each shot of 100 proof liquor.
To put those numbers into perspective, just three glasses of wine a night is the equivalent of eating two extra slices of cheese pizza. And when that becomes a nightly habit, those extra calories can really start to add up – just one more benefit of being a sober woman.
When you become sober, you’ll slowly begin to see the positive benefits it has on your appearance. Your hair becomes shiny again, you lose the bloating in your face and body, and the whites of your eyes replace the bloodshot look. The more time goes on that you remain sober, the more you’ll notice a regeneration of your skin as the body balances itself back out.
5. Your Life Becomes Meaningful
Depending on the path of your life, you may have lead a meaningful life prior to falling into addiction or perhaps your life was what lead you to drink in the first place. When you go through the process of becoming sober, you are a different person because of it. You have a story to tell and strength that makes you an inspiration.
Whether you went to a treatment center or took part in an outpatient treatment program for women, you will have the tools to make the most out of your life’s purpose. Not only will you be sober but you will have a clear vision on how you’d like your life to look and feel. It’s essential to your success in staying sober. There is only one place to go and that is forward.
6. You Touch Upon Your Emotions
When you’re constantly drinking, you can’t feel your emotions. It’s a well known fact that addiction to alcohol is often traced back to a need of not feeling those emotions. The problem is, as you block out the bad feelings, you also block the good. The repressed emotions are still in you and affect you every time a certain trigger sets it off.
Part of getting sober will include dealing with the dark feelings that you’ve perhaps been trying to hide. This is a major part of any addiction treatment program for good reason. When you can begin to peal back the layers of emotions within you, this is where healing begins. These emotions stop ruling your life and you can truly start moving forward. Once you can make amends with the emotions that have been so uncomfortable for you, you’re free to start feeling the good emotions again. This is a huge reward when you can experience moments of joy and bliss in your life.
7. Your Health Improves
There are a lot of aspects to your health that go down hill when you’re addicted to not being sober. You feel lethargic and have no energy, your sleeping and eating habits are terrible, and you don’t have the capacity to deal with negative feelings. Your body is giving you messages that you’re poisoning it and it’s had enough.
As a sober woman, you will start to sleep better so you’ll wake up feeling rejuvenated. Since your judgement will also be better when you’re sober, your eating habits will improve so you won’t experience the discomfort of constipation constantly. Your energy levels will rise so you’ll want to get involved in fun things again.
You’ll also be more likely to engage in physical activities as a sober woman now that you’re feeling more energized than before. And with that added exercise, your heart, mood, waistline, and more all stand to benefit.
With the physical health, you’ll regain your mental health back too. Unchecked alcoholism can often lead to or aggravate mental illnesses like depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. Since sober women tend to get much better sleep, the extra energy and feelings of general refreshment you’ll feel each morning after quitting alcohol can help you overcome these mental illnesses.
When it comes to your health then, the message is clear – sober is better.
8. Rekindling Relationships
Once you’re sober, one of your important steps to full recovery is to rekindle relationships. During your addiction, you probably made some errors in judgment because you weren’t clear or coherent. When you begin to reach out to people, you’ll be delighted at the compassion your friends and family have for you. You will have an internal bliss because you won’t feel alone. You’ll have hope for the future. We all need each other and this part of being sober will allow you to see how loved and supported you truly are.
Getting sober will change everything in your life as you discover who you really are. As alcohol created an alternate personality, you will let that reckless side of you go. You will find the true pleasures in life that don’t damage or hurt the mind, body, and soul. You won’t drunk dial ex-boyfriends, cause harm to yourself or your loved ones, or feel ashamed to be you any longer.