TMA! Too Much Abstaining. So you don’t go crazy, Georgios Theodorou of Birmingham Hypnotherapy Clinic recommends you break one bad habit at a time and the ‘easier’ one is likely to be the drinking.
In these high pressure times, more and more people reach for the alcohol for stress relief or a reward for making it through another day at the office. But quite quickly, there is the glass of wine mid-week to celebrate the cat’s birthday and then another one ‘just because’.
Habitual drinking like other addictive behaviours has a momentum of its own and the best thing to stop it is to realise what is making you reach for the bottle and making an effort to change the circumstances around that by altering your routine or delaying the instant gratification.
If the urge is still there and you want something that is going to relieve the tension try and swap it for something else which does you some good like a herbal tea or even better dig out your old blender and whizz up a smoothie using healthy but tasty ingredients.
Forming a good habit is just as easy as forming a bad one. And if you are going to be hooked on something then you might as well get yourself hooked on something that makes you feel good inside and out!
If you prefer to do things in stages, consider your choices. Even though there are plenty of drinks to choose from it is usually easier to stick to a favourite. So if you want to stop drinking beer, switch to a non-alcoholic beer then you feel less like you are missing out.