The Power of Restraint

Last night I did something I don’t normally do. I poured myself a drink.

No, I’m not a recovering alcoholic, nor am I someone who doesn’t like the taste of alcoholic drinks. Just someone who only really drinks in social settings, and even then, not all that much. Yesterday I decided to have a tipple, in the comfort of my own home. A few drinks later, I stumbled tipsily into bed.

Today I have not had the best of days. A late start to the day, thanks to my drinking last night, led to a lack in productivity. Feeling sorry for myself, I have snacked on foods I probably shouldn’t have. It is easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, all because of a simple decision you made not too long ago.

My point is, our actions and behaviours interact with one another, where one action can lead to multiple behaviours. In order to keep our health in check, we need to keep ourselves in check. Easier said than done, I know!

Though I do not believe in any Judeo-Christian faith, I would like to acknowledge that today is Shrove Tuesday – part of Easter celebrations that signals the beginning of Lent. This being where, from Ash Wednesday, many Christians absolve certain temptations, to emulate the 40 days and nights that Jesus went without food in the desert.

But when #treatyoself becomes a daily saying, maybe it is time to evaluate that pattern of behaviour…

Many faiths celebrate some kind of fasting ritual, where debates are still had about whether they are good for your health and wellbeing. What I will say is that the practice of restraining yourself, for a certain period of time, is something I can definitely get behind. In this consumeristic culture that we live in today, often times we are bombarded with messages to buy ALL OF THE THINGS! To fulfil your hearts desires at a whim. To order that takeaway. To have that drink after a long day…

Now I am not saying that we should all give up everything that gives us pleasure. Of course, a treat every now and then is something we all deserve, especially after working hard in the other areas of our lives. But when #treatyoself becomes a daily saying, maybe it is time to evaluate that pattern of behaviour.

This year, I will be practicing Lent. Not because I am a sudden convert, but because we all need to have a ‘reset’ from time to time, to take control of things when you feel a little all over the place. I still have yet to decide what exactly I am going to be giving up, but what I can say is that I’ll be trying to kick my sugar-addiction. These past couple weeks I have been letting that monster loose, and I think it is time to reign it back in again!

Are you celebrating Lent? Is there something you want to show a bit of restraint to? Maybe have a think about these questions, and see if anything sticks with you.

Happy Pancake Day! 🥞

3 Thoughts

  1. I agree with every word you have said in that we shouldn’t always take the option for that “glass of wine” or “Piece of cake” or whatever but when life is getting on top of you it is a very easy “get out”! Perhaps more support from those around you can get you through that moment of need and steer you towards a better way to deal with that stress. Even if it’s a simple conversation to explain how your day has gone can be the release you need and you can dump that cake in the dustbin!


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