These days, it’s not uncommon to have a glass of wine to “destress” and “reward” yourself after the kids go to bed, and then get together with your girl friends on the weekend and drink more wine.
But then eventually, that one glass of wine turns to 2, and 2 turns to 3…and so forth.
Suddenly, you notice you wake up feeling crappy and your energy levels crash throughout the day. You have brain fog. You crave sugar.
And yet, as much as you tell yourself that you won’t have wine anymore…you end up giving in.
But…you still can function in life normally, so you justify that it’s okay to drink again.
Humorous photos like this make drinking wine seem like it’s a totally normal way to cope with life.
Our society has “normalized” drinking as if it is okay for people to hide behind the glamour of drinking wine as a way to destress, and paints a picture that everyone else is doing it too- so it’s okay right?
Answer the following questions honestly:
Do you crave wine, and have a hard time saying NO to it?
Is your drinking affecting your mental clarity?
Creating low energy level?
Low mood and/or moodiness?
Do you have healthy ways to cope with stress that do not involve alcohol or food?
Here’s the thing:
Alcohol and food are ways to HIDE from dealing with the real issues. It’s much easier (temporarily) to turn to food/alcohol so that you don’t have to feel uncomfortable about the issues in your life. I also see clients who often use food/ alcohol as a way to reward themselves after a stressful day.
I would highly recommend working with a coach or therapist to support you in finding healthy ways to deal with your emotions and address your struggles. Trying to stop patterns alone is not easy, and having a professional who is trained to help you shift your mindset and transform your life is critical.
Other healthier activities include talking to your medical doctor or naturopathic doctor if you think you are suffering from depression or anxiety. Often times, people use alcohol to self-medicate, which is not actually going to support you in the long run.
A natural resource you could use to support your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual need is essential oils. Oils have healing and transformative properties in mind, body and spirt. There are a lot of research that backs up aromatherapy as a very effective and beneficial way to help you alleviate undesirable symptoms in mood, hormones, body chemistry, and physiology.
I love using Young Living Essential oils personally and professional, when I am working with my clients because of the purity, integrity of these oils- they are non-GMO, organic, and pure.
Essential oils have been around for thousands of years, providing calming and relaxing effects, a healthy energy boost, reducing stress, and promotion of an overall feeling of well being. Essential oils complement these natural therapy choices like acupuncture, yoga, and meditation. The following oils can support you to wean off alcohol.
Please always work with a professional who is well versed in supporting you mentally, emotionally, spiritually and understands the use of oils for effective results.
The following essential oils may be of value to people in recovery:
1. Ginger Oil: Since your body itself takes a tremendous physical toll from excessive and regular consumption of alcohol, particularly the liver, ginger oil actually does demonstrate some ability to prevent damage to the liver. Ginger oil is also a mild stimulant. This means that it may lift mood and increase mental clarity.
2. Black Pepper Oil: It has been suggested that black pepper essential oil can have tremendously beneficial detoxification benefits in some people both by stimulating extra sweat and urine output.
3. Lavender oil helps people become calm and relaxed. Great if you want to get in the mood for sleep or just want to unwind at the end of a busy day.
4. Ylang Ylang is another essential oil that is believed to be good for relaxation.
5. Lemon oil is believed to enhance mood and make people feel like they have more energy. There is also some evidence to suggest that it can help people deal better with stress.
6. Peppermint oil Great for relieving mild headaches, nausea – which are often symptoms of people going through withdrawals.
7. Jasmine lifts the mood and can be used as a mild antidepressant.
8. Pine is also a stimulant that can lift mood.
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