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Ep.13 Rethinking Normalcy: The Myth of "Just" a Social Drinker

Apr 27, 2024
Title: Coping with Stress and Anxiety without Alcohol: Practical Tips and Insights

Tips for Breaking the Cycle of Using Alcohol as a Coping Mechanism

In the audio transcript of the Feel It Alcohol Free Podcast, coaches Ruby Williams and Susan Larkin delve into the topic of coping with stress and anxiety without turning to alcohol. Both former wine lovers turned alcohol freedom coaches, they provide insightful tips and tactics for breaking free from the habit of using alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Section 1: Recognizing the Cycle of Using Alcohol for Coping
The podcast hosts discuss how using alcohol as a coping mechanism can become a habitual cycle, particularly after a stressful day at work. They highlight how this cycle perpetuates a pattern of striving for relief from anxiety through alcohol, only to find that drinking exacerbates stress and anxiety in the long run. Their insights shed light on the scientific effects of alcohol on the body and how it may provide momentary relief but ultimately fuels anxiety.

Section 2: Practical Tactics for Coping with Anxiety and Stress
Williams and Larkin share a range of practical tactics that can help individuals break free from the cycle of using alcohol to cope with stress. These include setting a daily feeling intention, finding moments of self-compassion, incorporating movement to release stress, and actively seeking out activities that foster connection and well-being. They stress the importance of experimenting with various tactics to discover what works best for each individual.

Section 3: Staying Above 50%: A Strategy for Managing Stress
The concept of staying "above 50%" is introduced as a way to manage stress throughout the day. This approach involves continually checking in with one's emotional state and actively seeking activities or strategies to prevent stress and anxiety from escalating. By implementing small acts of self-care and kindness, individuals can maintain a positive emotional state and avoid feeling overwhelmed by stress.

Section 4: Building a Coping Toolbox
Williams and Larkin emphasize the importance of building a coping toolbox to navigate stress and anxiety without turning to alcohol. They encourage individuals to try out various tactics such as taking breaks, practicing mindfulness, setting daily intentions, and seeking out physical activities that help release stress. By expanding their coping toolbox, individuals can be better prepared to face stressful situations without relying on alcohol.

Section 5: The Role of Community and Support
The podcast hosts highlight the significance of seeking support and cultivating a sense of community when navigating an alcohol-free lifestyle. They underscore the value of the Feel It Alcohol Free Facebook group and stress the benefits of sharing experiences and learning from others. By reaching out for support, individuals can reinforce their commitment to staying alcohol-free and gain valuable insights and encouragement from others on similar journeys.

In concluding the podcast, Williams and Larkin reiterate the importance of recognizing that stress and anxiety can be managed effectively without turning to alcohol. They emphasize the need for ongoing self-discovery and experimentation with coping tactics, emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. By exploring a variety of strategies and seeking support, individuals can break free from the cycle of using alcohol for coping and achieve a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

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