Not So Happy Hour

Cheers. Bottoms up. Knock back a few. Drown your sorrows. Any way you say it, reaching for a drink to forget your problems is not a good idea. Relying on alcohol to anesthetize negative feelings as an easy short-term fix may actually prolong stress.

Life can be stressful, but anxiety and stress can be relieved in healthy and effective ways including: 

  • Yoga and other forms of exercise. 
  • A relaxing hot bath. 
  • Deep breathes. 
  • Talking to someone. 
  • Meditation.
  • Listening to music.
  • Writing in a journal.

If you’re looking forward to a drink often to relieve stress you may have a problem.  

“Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.”   Knute Rockne