If you start thinking about alcohol whenever you feel stressed, try these ten strategies to calm your nerves, and stay sober.
1. Focus on Your Breath
As soon as you start to feel stressed, anxious, or worried, take a few deep breaths and count to ten. This reduces your "fight or flight" instinct and helps calm your nervous system.
2. Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude
You'll never feel stressed while feeling grateful. Reflect on what you're thankful for each morning to get your day off to a great start, or think about a few things you're deeply grateful for when you need to reset your mood.
3. Connect to Nature
Spending time in nature can be incredibly healing and bring your mind and body into balance. Make a habit out of walking in the park, gardening, or spending time near a body of water to relax and restore your mood.