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Cravings!

cravings

This week, I shared a reel on social media about cravings, including a personal strategy I use when an urge to drink may arise.

The takeaway is that alcohol has met a need for so long that, in particular environments or settings, our minds lead us to believe alcohol is necessary to complete the experience. For example, celebrating a milestone, winding down after work, or grieving a loss – there are numerous examples we could insert here.

The strategy is to identify the emotion you are feeling and what you need in that moment to navigate through the emotion. We are often quick to assume that alcohol is what we need, when in fact, there is an emotion waiting to be addressed. Let’s unpack that:

  • Celebrating a milestone – ask yourself, how do I feel? Let’s say excited. Setting alcohol aside, what do you need? Perhaps acknowledgment and shared excitement from your friends and family.
  • Winding down after work – ask yourself, how do I feel? Let’s say stressed. Setting alcohol aside, what do you need? Maybe a listening ear or a hug.
  • Watching a sunset – ask yourself, how do I feel? Let’s say content. Setting alcohol aside, what do you need? To ground yourself in that feeling.
  • Grieving a loss – ask yourself, how do I feel? Let’s say sad and angry. Setting alcohol aside, what do you need? It could be time, space, and patience from others.
  • Coping with stress – ask yourself, how do I feel? Let’s say overwhelmed. Setting alcohol aside, what do you need? A plan to work out how to share the load (at work or home).

Do you get the idea? If you are actively trying to reduce your alcohol consumption but are struggling with urges, ask yourself what you are actually craving in that moment. It’s simple to say ‘alcohol,’ but what emotion are you trying to address?

I hope this helps you manage cravings when they arise. It’s a great strategy to have in your pocket.

You can watch the reel here.  

Wishing you all a connected and mindful weekend ahead.

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