The most important relationship to nurture and attend to is the one with ourselves. With everything we are balancing in our lives like work, friends, family, kids, exercise, healthy eating, etc, it can feel like extra work to have to also show up for ourselves at the end of the day. Many of us turn to a glass (or two, or three) of wine in the evenings, to take the edge off, to come down softly on a Friday evening, to get that feeling of escape or relief from the dense dark thick forest that our mind can feel like at times.
Many of us have questioned our relationship to alcohol. Many of us have wondered if we are drinking for the right reasons or if we are drinking appropriately. Many of us have scoured the blogs, taken self-help quizzes, and read testimonials of those who are choosing to not drink, to see if our experiences look like theirs. Many of us have, through this exploration, discovered that our drinking looks different from the typical “drunk” or “alcoholic”, thus creating a wider gap between us and “them” and shutting the door on alternative methods of exploration. And even though our behavior does not look “alcoholic”, even though we may never have gotten into serious trouble due to our drinking (DUI, broken bones), even though the people who know us best in our lives would say that we are not problem drinkers, we may still have a curiosity about our relationship to alcohol.
There are people out there choosing to explore their relationship to alcohol, who are choosing to take some time away from the good ‘ol pastime and explore what that feels like. Some people are just wanting to make a conscious change to their relationship with alcohol but don’t know where to go or who to talk to since most of the “not drinking” world looks a lot like AA or 12 step meetings. If you are one of these people that is interested in further exploring your relationship to alcohol, I invite you to come in for a session. I will provide a judgement free zone for us to explore this together.