Confessions of a Worried and Thirsty Mind #R2BT

upset-534103_1280In talking to a friend who just agreed to take on the Ready to Be Thirsty challenge, it became clear that there was anxiety, just under a veneer of courage. More human a moment there has never been.

Anxiety in regard to change is natural, but that doesn’t make it easy.

Maybe you’ll see yourself in her thoughts:

“I love red wine. I drink most days, yet I never get drunk, never call in sick to work – it does not interfere with my life…so how come I am so hesitant…reluctant…uncertain about signing up for this challenge??”

“I know I drink more than I should [if I was concerned about my health]. I have read about the chronic illnesses that are associated with alcohol, and my family has a history of cancer and high blood pressure. I know it would be wise to cut back.”

“So what am I afraid of? -That I may find out I am ‘dependent’ on alcohol? That I can’t go a few days without a glass of wine? That I will lose my current way of decompressing (that works!)…?”

I would argue that in many ways, these thoughts are all our thoughts. But these kinds of worries are exactly why we should try to look closer, and take the challenge.

Be kind to yourself – we are learning together. #R2BT

#R2BT Thirsty Crew – Lauren Pibworth

Lauren Pibworth

 

Lauren Pibworth is president of Pibworth Professional Solutions, one of the most successful and fastest growing virtual marketing agencies in North America. She also runs and emcees the MoMondays show in Barrie and is an avid sommelier.

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1. Why did you accept the Ready to be Thirsty Challenge?
I chose to participate in the challenge as wine is a deep passion of mine. Although I encourage others to savour the taste of wine, it also makes sense to encourage people to think before they drink.

2. Tell us your thoughts/feelings about how you think the challenge will go.
I love my wine but acknowledge that I do not drink regularly therefore I do not see too many issues with taking a month off.

3. Are there any events or occasions in February where you might be especially tempted?
February brings my husband’s birthday and Valentine’s Day, where alcohol would be enjoyed in the celebration of those events.

#R2BT Thirsty Crew – Meg Whitton

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Meg Whitton is an on-air radio personality and Morning show host for DOCK radio station, Midland. She can be heard mornings on 104.1FM.

1. Why did you accept the Ready to be Thirsty Challenge?
I’m doing Ready to be Thirsty because I’ve never done it before – and I’ve noticed my pregnant friends point out they feel like they don’t belong and are almost unwelcome at social events.

2. Tell us your thoughts/feelings on how you think the challenge will go for you?
Do we really have nothing to talk about unless we’re throwing back a few? Let’s find out.

3. Are there any events or occasions in February where you might be especially tempted?
I’ve dropped the ‘tying it on’ in my ‘mature’ years but I absolutely turn to booze in my moments of comfort. A Cab Sauv for Friday night dinner, a Pinot while stirring Saturday’s risotto, and a Baileys on Sunday morning? Without these I could be grumpy.

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#R2BT Thirsty Crew – Dr. Lisa Simon

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Dr. Lisa Simon is an Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.Her primary focus and interest is in the fields of chronic disease and injury prevention, both of which have ties to alcohol consumption.

 

1. Why did you accept the Ready to be Thirsty Challenge?
Because it’s a great way to encourage us all to reflect on the normalized role that alcohol plays in our lives, the potential hidden harms from alcohol, and how we as individuals and as a society have the opportunity to re-shape that.

2. Tell us your thoughts/feelings about how you think the challenge will go.
Alcohol doesn’t play a substantial role in my life, but I do enjoy a drink on most weekends. I think I’ll miss that drink a bit as it symbolizes ‘weekend relaxation’ for me, but will likely find the challenge a helpful reminder that life would be (at least) equally good if alcohol wasn’t a part of it!

3. Are there any events or occasions in February where you might be especially tempted?
My husband’s birthday is in February, so I’ll have to share in that celebration without a drink. He’s promised to cheer me on.
Whether or not you have any intention of changing your drinking patterns in the long-term, joining this challenge is a great communal opportunity to reflect on the role that alcohol unknowingly plays in our lives.

If you are looking for more information about the #R2BT Ready to Be Thirsty Challenge visit Take the Challenge, or Twitter twitter#R2BT.