As you cut down on alcohol, there will be times when you feel the urge to drink. These urges are often triggered by thoughts or emotions. We don’t always recognise these straight away, although sometimes they are obvious (“I’ve had a bad day, so I want a drink”). Either way, dealing with these feelings differently will help you to build a healthier relationship with alcohol. Here are some ideas to help set you on the right path.
Alcohol may be your go-to remedy for feeling stressed, anxious or low, but simple distraction can help you overcome this. Your brain can’t focus on two things at once, so if you get into doing something you enjoy, the urge to drink will soon disappear. Think about the fun, healthy alternatives you can try, such as calling a friend, learning to cook, lifting weights to music, taking a walk or dancing around the kitchen to your favourite song.
As you make a positive lifestyle change, there’s no better time to fall back in love with old hobbies and interests. When you rely on drink to make you feel happy, you forget how good other things can make you feel. Try getting back into a sport you used to love and prioritise keeping fit, re-connect with an old friend or take up a class in a subject you liked at school.
Doing things that make us feel good leads to an upward cycle of making positive choices and feeling happier & healthier. The Five Ways to Wellbeing offer further inspiration about ways to feel good without alcohol:
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