Taking care of ones self is the hardest thing that anyone has to do. Taking care of yourself sometimes feels like you’re neglecting others and feels selfish, even though it’s not.
Realizing that you have an issue and realizing that you need help takes more strength than a lot of us realize.
Having grown up around a lot of people that drink constantly and don’t see it being a problem. Talking openly about alcohol seemed taboo at a time, but if we’re being honest, we think that there is no greater courage than talking about things like this.
So when one of the worlds biggest superstars talks openly about alcohol and feeling ‘enslaved’ to it, we listen. Tom Holland, was on the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast and spoke about his addiction to alcohol.
He continued, “It’s interesting. I didn’t one day wake up and say, ‘I’m giving up drinking.’ I, just like many Brits, had a very, very boozy December … I’ve always been able to drink a lot.”
Drinking and his addiction to alcohol scared him. So the actor told himself that he was going to do Dry January, and after completing that, he continued by daring himself not to drink until his birthday.
“By the time I got to June 1, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in my life,” he noted. “I could sleep better. I could handle problems better, things that would go wrong on set, that would normally set me off, I could take in my stride. I had so much better mental clarity. I felt healthier, I felt fitter.”
Holland reflected on why he wanted to drink and the pressures that he felt. Questioning himself he though, “Why am I so enslaved by this drink? Why am I so obsessed by the idea of having this drink?”
That kind of self reflection is very rare and we’re impressed by Holland’s introspection.