Wanted to get a bit deep this week and talk about alcohol and anxiety. I've recently cut back drinking alcohol because it's been giving me the WORST anxiety the next day and I hate it. I've never really been that person who can just have one drink, and that's me being 100% honest with you. I do enjoy a drink with dinner, but for the most part, I drink to get drunk.
As I'm getting older I'm realising that I don't need alcohol to have a good time. I enjoy myself without it, however when I was younger it was a social thing, 'lets go for a drink' or if the weather was nice its 'let's go sit in the park and have a drink' I hope some of you can relate to this and hopefully this week I can help you in some way.
I was inspired to talk about this subject in this weeks article because I had the WORST anxiety recently and that's because I had been drinking too much and couldn't actually remember what I done or what I said. Not knowing this was so scary and I felt so incredibly embarrassed that I never wanted to drink again. The feeling of not being in control of your body or your emotions is so scary and I actually understand now why people don't drink.
I wanted to stop drinking completely, but the thought of that actually gave me even more anxiety because I thought, what would I do when I go out and socialise, Would my friends think I'm boring? Would I no longer be able to have a good time? And the answer is NO.
The power of saying no
There is so much power in saying the word no, if you don't feel like doing something, then say no. If something isn't going to support your mental health and benefit your wellness and in fact you know its going to damage it, then don't take that risk. You have to remember, you are in control of your own life, so take charge. I promise you, you'll feel amazing. The power of saying no is like no other, feel empowered by it and if people don't like that, then you should consider if these people are just social friends, or real friends.
So what's my solution?
Knowing your limit.
I don't have all the answers and what I do may not work for everyone, but it's been working for me, so if I can help just one person, my work is done.
If drinking alcohol gives you anxiety like it does me, then just don't drink. If you do want to have that one or two drinks, then go for it. Don't put that pressure on yourself, always do what feels natural and organic at that time. Just learn your limits and stick to what you know.
Remember, alcohol changes you. Not just your actions, but it actually has an effect on your brain which can worsen anxiety.
'Alcohol changes levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, which can worsen anxiety.' - Healthline.com
I hope you enjoyed this slightly personal article this week, see you next week for another topic, if you have anything specific you would like me to cover, feel free to get in touch!