Are you a stress drinker? In this post you will find my best tips to handle stress…booze free!
When I first decided to quit drinking I didn’t quite understand the reasons or triggers that would make me want to drink in the first place. It wasn’t until I had sobered up for a month or so before I started recognizing the things that triggered my cravings.
It was recommended to me to start a daily journal and make note of how I was feeling about being sober, when I would have a craving and what led up to that point.
What it boiled down to was that stress of any kind triggered my desire to drink.
I had to find booze free ways to cope with the stress.
Booze Free Ways to Handle Stress
Kntting, crochet and coloring
Do you know what these 3 things have in common? They have all been shown to reduce stress in those who do these activities.
The rhythmic, repetitive motions allow our minds to relax and focus on the task at hand. Many have referred to this phenomenon as a “working meditation.” To be fair, their are people out there that disagree with this.
However, if you find yourself stressing out and getting the urge to drink, give one of these hobbies a try. At the very least they will provide you with an easy and quick distraction.
Getting outside regularly and interacting with nature has been shown to help reduce stress. Personally, going out and experiencing nature is my go-to for intense stress relief and even stress PREVENTION.
Go for a walk, lay down and watch the clouds, garden, make mud pies with your kids. The possibilities are endless.
Read the Power of Nature for more information on what makes this so great for stress relief.
I will be completely honest here. I really don’t enjoy cleaning! But, when I am feeling stressed or anxious cleaning is how I burn up that negative energy.
Another reason I do this is because a messy house increases my depression and anxiety which are also my boozing triggers.
Bonus: My house is spotless when I am done and that makes me less stressed in the long run.
The regular release of endorphins helps combat stress and depression. This works best if you get into the habit of doing a little exercise a day.
When you exercise your body also cleanses itself through your sweat. So it is important to exercise regularly to feel your best.
My suggestion is to just start walking. It is the easiest way to get fit!
Exercising only when you are stressed is a sure-fire way to get injured. Fit a nice walk into your daily routine.
I am really big on journaling. When I first started journaling I was simply trying to preserve memories. Over time, I began using my journal as a tool for self-discovery.
Writing to preserve memories is great but, what do you learn from it? I began analyzing my daily entries asking myself how I felt in a particular moment, how did I react, could I or should I have reacted differently.
My results were astonishing. I finally had clarity about my feelings and understood the direction that my life needed to go in.
Are you recently sober or do you struggle with stress and drinking? It is my hope that this was helpful you to! Please let me know in the comments below.
*As usual, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on the internet! If you think you have a drinking problem or other illness please seek help from your primary care provider! Nothing on Expedition Motherhood is to be construed as or a replacement for professional medical advice!*
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