Stress relief is the major concern I have with my coming year of testing sober living. I think I use wine to escape my responsibilities. This is not a good thing, I know. It gives me a break from work and home responsibilities and lets my mind go free for an hour or two.
Those are the excuses I use, anyway.
So I’m trying to come up with other healthy ways to get to that same place. I know I would like to replace wine and use some of these for stress relief:
- Weight lifting
- Epsom salt baths
- Bike rides
- Walks on the beach
The second concern is my friends. Most of them drink and drink often like I do. So, those relationships may be changing. I don’t know that I will want to hang around for the drunk talk and silly redundant talk that happens when we sit at a bar or at my pool bar and drink.
I’m curious what others have done to overcome “wine-o-clock”… and the circle of drinking buddies… what did you do to break this habit? Please share any successes in the comments. I look forward to any suggestions or comments!