Updated: Sep 9
Did you find yourself overindulging in drinking this past Holiday weekend? Many people did and tend to do around the Holidays for a variety of reasons. Maybe you're trying to have some fun and escape from stress. Or maybe you're using alcohol as a way to cope with feelings of sadness or loneliness. Whatever the reason may be, it's important to be aware of the dangers of overindulging in drinking. Excessive drinking can not only lead to health problems, but also can damage relationships and cause financial problems.
If you're worried about how much you're drinking read on for information about what to watch out for and how to get help. I encourage you to take our Safe and Confidential Quiz as well.
Closing out Summer & Approaching the Holiday Season
Labor Day marked the last days of summer and I know for many, it was a perfect excuse to plan a huge ‘End of Summer Bash’. They had the chance to escape from stress, or maybe use alcohol as an emotional coping method - but this only lasts for so long before life picks up again. I’m sure those who chose to overindulge this past weekend felt the heavy side effects of it when the regular routine started back up after the Holiday. Waking up feeling hungover, sick, or even with shame or remorse.
Now that summer is nearly over, we are heading into the 'Holiday Season' . It's important to acknowledge the importance of NOT overindulging. The Holidays are a time to celebrate, but can be difficult for some who may drink beyond their limits.
This can lead to a number of negative consequences:
Trouble with work
Worsening signs of depression
And so much more
Holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy the company of family, but alcohol often leads us into an unhealthy state. The stress levels increase during these days which can make staying sober really challenging for some people. For others, the Holidays bring a feeling of sadness and loneliness which can set the stage for excessive drinking to cope.
There are decisions that can be made BEFORE we find ourselves in these difficult situations:
Minimize how much food sets off your cravings by eating smaller portions
Reduce stress by meditating or exercising each day
Allow yourself to get proper rest each night
Connect with those who love and support you to feel less lonely when it comes time celebrate the holidays
Practice saying ‘NO’ to attending festivities that are not in your best interest
Create new traditions and surround yourself with people, places & activities that don't involve alcohol
You have the power to change your surroundings. You can make choices that will positively impact every aspect of it! It’s important for us as humans not only feel fulfilled, but also experience joy in what we do. However, if you do find yourself in a situation that you were not expecting it’s good to strategize an 'Escape Plan' to avoid any negative consequences.
If you’re still questioning if you are struggling to find that line between having fun and overindulging, please, reach out to me. You don't need to suffer in silence. I can help you find your inner strength. I have the fix for your lacking control.
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