March 5, 2012
Change For Life And Stop Drinking Today
The decision to stop drinking is a hard one. Here is a list of 7 helpful tips to help you change for a life without alcohol.
1) You have to do it for yourself - You hear this and it’s true. Not your family, significant other, or whoever might be asking you to stop. If you don’t do it for yourself, you will be starting out with a handicap.
2) Importance of Physical Exercise - Many studies have suggested that people who exercise regularly while trying to stay sober are less likely to relapse. Exercise has a tendency to lower stress and keep a person in a more relaxed state which is a plus when working toward sobriety.
3) Reward Yourself - Many people are so focused on reaching goals that they forget to reward themselves for the ones accomplished. Rewards keep your spirits up. They don’t have to be anything big, but try to make them frequent.
4) No Guilt Trips For Setbacks - Anger and frustration for a temporary setback is counterproductive and will make anyone feel like quitting. Don’t worry about it if it happens. Try to identify what caused the setback and work toward preventing it from happening again. Focus on a positive future, not a negative past.
5) Get Outside Help - Whether it’s A.A., some kind of therapy, or a proven formula to get sober, utilize something outside of your normal scope of thinking and experience. Left alone to ones thoughts and methods is probably not the best thing, since those thoughts and methods contributed to the addiction in the first place.
6) Spend As Little Time Alone As Possible - For single people this can be a tall order. If you can’t surround yourself with people, get out more which helps generate a fresh perspective on life.
7) Develop An Alcohol-Free Daily Routine - Wake up earlier, include some exercise into the daily schedule, the potential is endless. Let’s face it, to stop drinking is to make a clean start on its own.
Everyone is an individual, and will have to operate on his or her own unique timetable. There are no rules or prescribed time limits to step from addiction to sobriety. Go at your own pace.
If you have a problem with drinking, the best step is the first one. Decide to stop drinking today and you are closer than before to making the right change for your life…