Control bad habits – be free: If you think drinking alcohol, smoking, and guzzling caffeinated drinks all day are good ways to deal with stress, you’re kidding yourself – I know I was.
They create more stress as well as health problems. Without good health habits stress can destroy you.
Since I gave up alcohol, coffee and smoking, I’m healthier. When I wake up I feel great… a little groggy but 10x better than when I used to drink daily before I went to bed. As well, I rarely feel stress, but that’s because of other life changes I’ve made in the last four years.
Alcohol is a Depressant
Alcohol is a depressant. After your first few drink you feel like you can take on anything. So you think it’s releasing your stress. But do you know what alcohol really does to you?
I found an excellent description on the Teens Health website, click here to read the article.
“Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows the function of the central nervous system. Alcohol actually blocks some of the messages trying to get to the brain. This alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing.”
Caffeine and Nicotine are Stimulants
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants. When you’re already agitated because of anxiety every sip and puff you take, makes it worse.
- Which bad habit do you use to cope with stress?
- How’s it working for you?
Smoking, drinking alcohol and/or caffeine, or binge eating aren’t helping you. In fact, they’re dangerous choices that stop you from reaching your goals.
Your self discovery exercise today is to take a look at how you cope with stress, and why you do what you do.
You’re starting your journey to reach the future you planned for yourself in part II of the series. You need to be in prime health to enjoy the positive changes.To do this you must control and quit your bad habits.
If you use any of the coping methods discussed above, learn all you can about your method – knowledge is power. When my sister was dyeing of stage 4 lung cancer she wrote me a note telling me to research everything I could about smoking, and dyeing from lung cancer – it’s very painful.
Research how and why your bad habits came into existence. Online forums for coffee and smoking are easy to find, and they’re full of great advice.
When you’re researching look for support groups where you live. If you can’t find one join an on-line group or a forum.
For complex or deep routed bad habits you can’t overcome them until you admit you need help; and then take action to get help.
Refer to the third article for tips to improve your body so you’re emotionally stronger to deal with stress.
A good nights rest is important – but I’m sure you know that already :). I know whenever I’m tired I can’t focus and problems seem worse than they are. But when I’m rested I’m better able to prioritize problems; and deal with the easy ones. It’s also easier for me to think through larger issues more efficiently.
De-Screen before bed. Your mind needs to slow down before sleep. To de-screen you need to shut down everything with a screen – television, laptop, computer, tablet, phone, and video games.
Embrace Freedom and enjoy your independence. All bad habits weigh you down. You’re amazing and you don’t need them.
Curbing bad habits is the hardest part of personal development, or at least it was for me. It also takes the longest.
You may not control or quit them right away. My advice is Don’t Give Up! – it’s not a race. Keep working on the other steps too. You’re not a failure because you have to work longer on one step.
Let me explain another way – the point isn’t improving yourself as fast as you can. It’s about reaching all your goals so you can enjoy how amazing you are.
If other people try to put you down or make feel unsuccessful you’re going to have to ignore them. In my book It Gets Better When… I show you how to ignore them, without hating, or confronting them.
Until next time