So I went on a beer fast for one week.
No beers. No coffee.
What a headache I got.
It was a pulse-pounding, lord-forgive-me headache that kept drumming on the left side of my head and just above my eyebrow.
Despite the pain, I felt that I was making progress. After all, denying my body of toxins and stimulants could only do me good. And I feel like I’ve achieved sainthood in my denial of pleasure.
This Post Isn’t About Pain From Abstinence
As you can see, I like denial: “No no no. And Mary Mary very contrary.”
Hence this post is about pain from giving in. Particularly to beers.
I had two beers. Two beers spaced over two hours. In metric volume, that’s one litre of the fizzy, syrupy stuff sipped over two hours.
Two hours later, my head felt like a clan of Gully Dwarves had babbled nonsense into my memory and stomped on my neurons.
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That was an unpleasant sensation.
More than that, I felt dirty. Like I’ve slipped into mulch. And rose with muck spilling from my pockets and sewage matted in my hair.
Thankfully, I got past without a hangover the next day. But for the next week and beyond, I’m staying away from beer (and booze).
And back into detox mode.
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I’ve been waking early at 530am to work on decks and sleeping late to work on my assignments. In between work end to assignment time, I’ve gone for seminars, meetups, study groups and classes.
I return home at 9pm. Then I stare at the laptop screen before settling in to sleep at 12am.
It’s not working out too well. It’s three hours down the drain.
The screen sucked me in.
I do it willingly. It’s something that I surrender to without thinking.
I simply do.
That has to change.
How do you get rid of your digital addiction?
Two weeks of deprivation and I thought I’d try being mindful in silence instead.
10. Sit Silently
When was the last time you just sat down in complete silence with no distractions? For the average person, this is probably a rare occurrence.
Sitting silently can help you reflect on your life and what’s going on in the world around you. It can also help you relax, destress, and clear your mind.
Daily challenge: Every day or as much as you would like, try to sit down for anywhere from 10-30 minutes with no distractions whatsoever.
src: Daily Challenges to Improve Your Life
During that 30 minutes, I’ll empty my mind of all chatter. And simply sit silent and amongst silence. It’ll be hard since the mind is predisposed to chattering thoughts.
Now that’ll be a challenge.
In the meanwhile, I’ll start beering again. Still no sugar, no coffee.
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