Always Be Prepared - new motto!

Bare Organics (4).png I'm just going to take a page out of the Boy Scout handbook and need to come up with a game plan for being prepared. When I haven't been prepared, that is when I get caught off guard and end up drinking.

  • One of my triggers used to be stress with the kids. The kids whining - or an unexpected meltdown. Those still stress me out BUT I have learned to do some deep breathing, ask my husband for a time out or meditate for a bit. And sometimes I just have a non-alcoholic beer (and chug it like a normal beer!. I can move on past this trigger without thinking about drinking.
  • One of my triggers also used to be a nice, sunny day or event of some sort. The way I cope with this is to have a fancy coffee drink or just reflect on why a drink isn't a good idea - I'll get tired, lazy, irritable - I'll regret it later. So this used to sneak up on me but now I've got some sort of handle on it. I can also resort back to a non-alcoholic beer.

Now, this exercise will help me prepare for the unexpected moment of just being relaxed and content. The last time I stumbled, I was caught off guard eating dinner with my husband and just thought "oh one wont' hurt" - but it did. Even though I didn't have a hangover or anything the next day, I was really disappointed and pissed that I have to start all over again.

Here we go. Let's get prepared for some other instances:

  • Location - nice, relaxing setting outdoors or inside - during dinner or at home - where I am feeling content
  • Time - probably in the evening
  • Emotional state - content and happy
  • Other people - friends and family
  • Preceding action - Why don't you just have one?
  • What routine do you put in place? Imagine the disappointment of starting back to day 1, ask for a mocktail n/a beer or soda water.
  • Location - Beach trip
  • Time - daytime or evening
  • Emotional state - content and happy - the feeling of "deserving one" because I'm on vacation
  • Other people - friends and family
  • Preceding action - Why don't you just have one? It's vacation!
  • What routine do you put in place? Imagine the disappointment of starting back to day 1, ask for a mocktail n/a beer or soda water.