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Ep. 25 Bliss Without Booze: Ingenious Ways to Outsmart Boredom

Jul 09, 2024

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Overcoming Boredom Drinking and Self-Sabotage

In Episode 25 of the "Feel Lit Alcohol Free Podcast," hosts Ruby and Susan tackle the challenge of boredom drinking and self-sabotage. They shed light on the impact of addiction as a maladaptive coping mechanism and provide valuable insights into rewiring the brain for joy without resorting to alcohol.

Understanding the Science: The Impact of Dopamine
Ruby delves into the science behind how alcohol affects the brain's reward system, leading to boredom and the cycle of self-sabotage. The release of dopamine, the "feel-good" neurotransmitter, plays a significant role in addiction. Understanding this neural mechanism is crucial in interrupting the cycle of boredom drinking and self-sabotage.

Finding Joy without Alcohol: Creating a Personalized Toolbox
The hosts emphasize the importance of finding joy and pleasure without relying on alcohol. They discuss the concept of creating a personalized toolbox of coping mechanisms. This toolbox can consist of activities and practices that bring happiness and fulfillment, such as guided meditations, gratitude exercises, and engaging in hobbies.

Daily Practices: The Power of Gratitude and Positive Start
Susan shares her daily practice of listening to a guided meditation called "Today Is a New Day." She elaborates on how this practice impacts her gratitude and outlook on life. The importance of starting the day on a positive note, fostering gratitude, and the impact on the brain is highlighted. It's a reminder of the power of cultivating a positive mindset and outlook on life.

Inviting Action: Trying Tactics and Sharing Feedback
The hosts invite listeners to try the strategies discussed and share their feedback. Encouraging active participation from the audience helps in creating a supportive and interactive community. By engaging in the discussed tactics, listeners can find support in their journey towards breaking free from alcohol and finding joy in life without it.

The Significance of Projects and Hobbies: Engaging in Meaningful Activities
Ruby and Susan emphasize the importance of identifying projects and hobbies to engage in instead of turning to alcohol. They share personal experiences and examples of projects and hobbies they find appealing, such as learning to play an instrument, floating pools, and pickleball. This underlines the significance of meaningful and fulfilling activities in filling the void left by alcohol.

Moving the Body: Embracing Physical Activities
Recognizing the importance of physical movement, the hosts list various activities, including walking, yoga, and dancing. Engaging in physical activities not only promotes a healthy lifestyle but also aids in breaking the cycle of alcohol dependence by providing alternative sources of pleasure and fulfillment.

Reflecting and Identifying Needs: Breaking the Cycle of Drinking
Self-reflection and identifying one's needs play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of drinking. Susan and Ruby stress the significance of introspection to understand one's triggers and replace boredom drinking with healthier alternatives, fostering personal growth and self-awareness.

Through their insights, hosts Ruby and Susan exemplify the commitment of the "Feel Lit Alcohol Free Podcast" to help listeners break free from alcohol. By providing valuable strategies and fostering a supportive community, the podcast empowers individuals to find joy, fulfillment, and freedom without alcohol. Embracing boredom becomes an opportunity for personal growth, creativity, and the discovery of new passions, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and alcohol-free life.

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