If you are keeping a journal or paying attention to your drinking habits, you probably have noticed how often you drink because something is bothering you and you can’t get it off your mind. You keep worrying about one thing or another – and in order to get relief you turn to a bottle of wine or bag of cookies.
But instead of trying to drown that anxious nervous energy, use that energy to get something productive accomplished.
- If you get into an argument or disagreement with a family member or coworker, take that energy and focus it on cleaning the house, washing your car or organizing the piles on your desk.
- If you’re worried about a problem or situation that has you feeling trapped or stuck, take that energy and focus if on searching for information that you need to solve the problem, identify experts that can help you and make appointments to meet with them, find a book about the subject and go buy it, etc.
- Or if you can’t get your mind focused enough to get something accomplished, then GET PHYSICAL! – walk, run, dance – whatever to get your heart rate up and your endorphins pumping.
That way you’re actually taking steps to improve your situation or else doing something positive for you – instead of escalating the problem. Turning to food, alcohol, or other bad habits in order to cope only results in making the situation worse because you feel bad about yourself – you lose confidence, your thoughts get scrambled because your brain chemistry is thrown off balance – and ultimately the problem doesn’t go away.
So next time you are feeling yourself obsessing over a negative thought or problem – get off the mental hamster wheel and do something productive!