Thursday, 24 October 2013

All About Straight Edge!

What is Straight Edge?
Straight edge is abstaining from alcohol, drugs, promiscuous sex and can include a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. It is but not limited to the punk lifestyle as this scene is very much heavily involved in these things. It's about not shaming your body and mind, and not having to follow what everyone else is doing just for the sake of doing it too and being able stand up for what you believe in and looking after yourself.
 "Originated from the punkrock/hardcore scene. The philosophy/life-choice that humans should have strength, pride, dignity, honor, and self respect; that they shouldn't engage in activities that are a disgrace to their minds and bodies. (such as ingesting and/or becoming addicted to harmful substances for fun, lying and/or being two-faced, and sharing your body sexually with another person when there isn't even a true emotional bond there)"
-Urban Dictionary
Why be Straight Edge?
I believe being straight edge is a great way to look after your mind, body and soul especially if you have struggled with a mental illness or addiction. Ultimately alcohol, drugs, promiscuous sex and unhealthy eating are very slippery slopes to walk on if you struggle with a mental illness/addiction because it becomes very easy to cross your illness into something else such as going from a former bulimic to an alcoholic because you still struggle, are susceptible or aren't dealing with the issues in your life in a positive way.

Alcohol, drugs and unhealthy eating can also have side effects such as cognitive problems, worsening depression, weight gain, paranoia and psychosis, disorientation, unpredictable and violent behaviour and many more which can contribute to relapsing and becoming sucked in once again behind a negative copping mechanism leading you to that ugly dark path.

By making a lifestyle choice and commitment to abstain from these things even if you don't struggle with a mental illness/addiction is an act of self love and insures that your on a path of living healthily and happy.
Why Straight Edge isn't boring!
Some of you maybe think ehhh straight edge is sooo boring! Straight Edge is in fact fun it teaches you learn how to use your own imagination and be able entertain yourself, family, friends and strangers without getting high, drunk or having promiscuous sex.

For people who I am really comfortable around I have a tendency to act like a little kid, get hyper and giggle over the smallest excitements or immature things like if someone mentions farting I'm in giggles for 10 minutes tehe farting :p. I believe there is a lot to be learnt from the innocence of children and the fun/excitement they have over things like games such as hide n seek, hop scotch, handball, card and board games, going to the beach, boogie boarding, a theme park and creating your own world using your imagination and being silly. You don't need to be on drugs, drinking alcohol or having promiscuous sex to enjoy life. Be free, creative and use your imagination and inner child to enjoy the world Straight Edge!

My Top 5 Tips When Turning Straight Edge!
  1. Why?: Why do YOU want to turn Straight Edge? Grab a pen and paper and write it all down baby!
  2. Changes: What changes do I want to make? What changes am I prepared to make?
  3. One step at a time: Start out with one area to begin with for example this could be alcohol. Set a goal which could be that you want to cut down from drinking 2 glasses every night to 1. Focus on that goal for the next 2 weeks then set another goal in weeks 3 and 4 which could be to only drink 3x a week instead of every day. As you progress and reach your final goal in one area you can then move to another area such as the way you eat or smoking etc. If you struggle with drug, alcohol or sex addiction or mental illness please seek professional help!  
  4. Friends/family: Do I have healthy friends and family? Who are my support people? Some of the people you hang around with maybe heavily involved in  dangerous and negative activities these people are bad influences and will try and bring you down. The best thing you can do is to cut these people out of your life as they are not true friends or family. You cannot save or help someone who doesn't want it. Just as you have made a choice for a healthier lifestyle they too have to make their own choice.
  5. Embrace your inner child: You know that silly billy, giggly thing hiding inside of you full of excitement, adventure and imagination use that to go explore the land of magic that is life! ;)

Straight Edge is looking after yourself and living a healthier, happier and positive lifestyle while still embracing having fun! Be a rebel a be Straight Edge! ;)

Love from the land of magic
Rainbow :) xoxo

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