With Easter bank holiday weekend fast approaching, it can be hard sometimes to decline an offer to go to the pub after work right?? Well, it’s a very common thing to feel peer pressured into having an alcoholic drink, even if you don’t want to. Saying no can be a tough thing, especially in society today.
I know that when i used to go out and not drink, i would feel people are judging me and confused as to why i wasn’t drinking, and no it wasn’t because i was pregnant!! I simply didn’t want to drink. Alcohol doesn’t exactly mix well with me. It makes me ill. Makes me bloated the next day, all in all just ruins me. It’s something that i noticed a few years ago. I remember going out one evening and only having 2 drinks, then was violently sick the rest of the evening, no i wasn’t drunk, thankfully i’m not that much of a lightweight!! But i just thought maybe it was something i had eaten. But after numerous times of going out and having the same thing occur, i knew it was something else. I can’t deny i stopped drinking on nights out for health reasons but also because it’s not the nicest thing throwing up during the night…got to have my back there right?
But back to my point. When i first started having sober nights out, i weirdly enjoyed the nights more than i thought, watching drunk people can be very amusing. I could wake up the next day feeling pretty fresh and having no crazy stomach pains. People would try and force drink at me, but you just have to sternly say no. Or take it and just put it down. Yes the bar man would look at me weirdly as i ordered a water, however, they wouldn’t want to be clearing up my vomit I’m sure.
If you’ve been following me for a while on here you will know that this time last year i was on a prep and i was finding it pretty difficult. But that was a huge reason that i gave to people why i wasn’t drinking. Of course i’m not saying that it’s something you guys should do. But if you explain to people the reason why you are not drinking, they are more likely to understand, even with the subtle digs they might give. Your health and fitness goals are hugely important, so don’t let anyone tell you different. You stick with your guns. You can still go to the pub and have a soft drink, socialising is just as important, but it doesn’t have to be around/involve alcohol.
I’ve gone from the friend that used to throw up all the time to the sensible friend who will make sure everyone gets home okay. Now, i don’t want to sound like a right party pooper, because i do have a drink, just not in excess as i know the consequences. I love going out, but for me its best either sober, or to just know my limits. People understand that my health and fitness goals are a huge priority in my life, they accept it, i’m sure your friends and colleagues will too. You just need to explain and have the mental will power to not give in. If you want a drink, go for it. If you want a soft drink, go for it. If you want a hot chocolate with marshmellows…GO FOR IT! You do you.
Have an awesome Easter weekend everyone, let’s hope for some sunshine!!