This will help you regain control of your life and improve your overall mental health and well-being. By implementing these strategies, you can effectively overcome boredom drinking and maintain a healthier lifestyle. “That’s becoming a real turning point”, she told Goodto.
But you know what, and you’re so frustrated, because you’re like, it’s not boring. I can’t believe that you’re just obsessed with this electronic device. And the minute I take it away, you are irritable, and annoyed, and frankly, a pain in the ass. By becoming more involved in your community, you can effectively replace boredom drinking with meaningful connections and activities that improve your overall mental health and well-being.
Different activities will in turn create different thoughts and even the smallest change can start to make a big difference. If you are filling voids in your life with alcohol, then you need to decide what else can fill you up instead. Andy explains how a straightforward, 7-stage process enabled him to change a lifelong addiction to alcohol. If you always have a bottle open when watching TV, then it quickly becomes a very hard habit to break. This is particularly true if you’ve had a hard day at work or with the kids, and you are tired or stressed out.
Many scientific studies have proved a positive relationship between boredom/loneliness and excessive alcohol use. The reasons people start drinking alcohol is very different than the reasons they continue to drink alcohol. Boredom and isolation are known relapse triggers for people with substance use disorders. An important way to safeguard your sobriety is to be aware of this and take steps to mitigate it.
And that ended up being one of my best friends in sobriety. And now, I want to talk about life after early sobriety after the law when you start to look around and try to imagine what your life is going to look like without alcohol. This is when it’s time to look backwards to the things that gave you joy when you were 12.
That is not terribly exciting, or things that would happen, that weren’t positive. Each week, I’ll bring you tools, lessons and conversations to help you drink less and live more. I’m currently at work, and super tempted to pick up some drinks right drinking out of boredom now. It’d be far from the first time I drank on the job, even though I know it’s not a good idea obviously. Part of it is definitely that I’ve had a rough month and struggle with depression, but another part is simply that it’s a slow day.