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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Cutting Down on our Guilty Pleasures

This is a guest post from Kimberley Watson. Kim is a proud mummy and wife herself, but when she gets chance, she’s also a keen writer, having graduated with an English degree. As a bit of a free spirit, she believes travel is the key to a happy life, and she’s going to make sure her kids see the world, too. On the off chance she’s not writing, with the family or off exploring, you can find her curled up with a good book or enjoying some delicious treats. Her 20-year-old-self would be kicking her for not saying ‘partying’, but sadly that’s just not true anymore! You can find her on twitter here


What’s your vice? Do you enjoy a few too many glasses of wine on a Friday night? Or perhaps you’re a smoker who’s always wished she could quit for the sake of the kids, but just can’t. For other people, it’s shopping for things they can’t afford, having takeaways too often or even social media addictions! Whatever your guilty pleasure may be, this time of year is a great time to think about working on it, before the New Year rush kicks in.
Did you do Stoptober? Stoptober encouraged people to stop drinking or smoking for one month in return for charity sponsorship from friends and family. It can be a tough call, but raising much needed funds for others is a great incentive. If you didn’t give it a go – or if you didn’t quite manage – it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You can stop or cut down on something you’re not happy with at any time, you just need the right sort of help.
Of course, for some, the financial burden of these things is the main reason that they might want to give up. According to Everyday Loans in this article, so many Brits have been affected by the recession (even though we’re now mostly out of it), that they have stopped smoking, cut back on drink and even turned vegetarian.
Decisions like this, especially when they’re purely money based, can be hard to stick to, which is why it’s great to have a good support network around you. When it comes to stopping something, depending on what it is, you may be able to get help on the NHS. Their stopping smoking pages, for example, are amazing. There are also loads of different things you can try to help you on your journey, such as hypnotherapy, special gum, and e-cigs to substitute real ones, from the likes of fruiteCigs
Some things go a little bit beyond a jovial desire to cut back, and become more than simply ‘guilty pleasures’. If it’s something else that has you concerned, remember that there are support groups out there. We have really negative connotations associated with these, often thanks to the media, but ordinary people like you and me do go there! Loads of people stereotype people that go to recovery groups like AA for example as being a total mess – but there are plenty of fully functioning people who go, who just need a little help along the way with their journey. 

With any vice, you have to decide the reasons you want to stop. Are you indeed wanting to stop… forever? Or do you just want to cut down? Some things you do have a greater impact on your life than others. Make sure you’re stopping for yourself, and remember that people from every walk of life go through hard times – there’s no shame in it. Whether something’s becoming a problem for you or merely an annoyance, a bit of a joke, or slightly unhealthy in any aspect of your life, it never hurts to take a long, hard look in the mirror and decide if there are any positive changes to be made. Not only will you feel better in the long run, but your family will benefit, too. 
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