It’s brutal, especially if you’re me. I’ve been doing heavy smoking and drinking for quite a long time now and such a hard break in the body’s routine is simply punishing. This ordeal gets particularly tough when you chip in the fact that my distraction addicted mind has nothing pressing to do i.e. boredom has set in, the hardships of the detox have multiplied by a thousand.
Let’s break it down on how I’m facing and countering these new demons.
11. The Urge: This is the most recurrent side-effects of the detox. The craving for alcohol is less severe and distant but the craving for a smoke is devastating. Both cravings are attached to boredom, so if I keep real busy I almost don’t recognize them. However in times of solitude of which I have too much of, it’s like I’m fighting a losing battle, so my thoughts turn to eating, sleeping, shagging and working out. The most effective method I found to be was walking and being out in fresh air (or whatever is left of it in Mumbai). Watching an interesting series is also a good way to tackle the urge if you don’t bore easily.
22.Withdrawals: Withdrawal makes life a bitch. You begin to weaken one foundation at a time and there is nothing you can do about it. It will happen, play its turn. What you can do when it’s your turn you can counter by building healthy and antioxidant-rich diet and habits. How I went about that was, called onto my first and strongest ally – water. Keeping hydrated is like maintaining a supply line in a full-fledged war – it is the difference between winning and losing. The next comes fruits – this harvest of flora is one of the best ways to feel peppy and fresh in such times of adversity. I focused on Vitamin – C and antioxidants so my fill was basically pomegranate, guava, apple limes and lemons. Next on the list is avoiding meat and eggs as much as you can, as they are quite heavy I feel it will weigh me down. Now vegetables, this is the main course of my diet along with pulses and cereals. Last but not the least, I drink milk and eat fresh yogurt and buttermilk, everyday – correct! So I figure if I can juggle all this correctly, I should be out of the woods in no time.
33.Boredom: This is the kingmaker in my cluster of problems. Although it is not a direct effect of detox, its existence amplifies any other major or minor effect – a lot. Due to boredom my sleep pattern and quantity is messed up (I’m oversleeping). Another malfunction is that I have lost all drive and am unable to focus and concentrate onto any activity to sustain it. This got me thinking – what can I do to strengthen the mind that is unbridled or in other words to discipline it? Read – and that’s what I’m doing right now, most of my day is spent in reading (Reading Now: One Hundred Years Of Solitude). This, I don’t know where it’s going, so wish me luck.