I don’t know about you but there seems to be this huge taboo for people with anxiety who like a drink. I know what you’re thinking. Alcohol makes anxiety worse, you even said it yourself.
You would be right on this, too.
I’ve said before that alcohol should really be cut down on when you’re trying to recover from the aftermath anxiety leaves.
ANY form of alcohol is a depressant (the opposite of a stimulant, like Red Bull), which should be avoided when on medication for your anxiety.
But, I’m also a firm believer that you can do whatever you like, as long as you’re not hurting anyone. I am on medication for my anxiety as it helps decrease the physical symptoms that anxiety produces. But, I also drink (never to excess!) and everyone who knows me will also know this.
Today I’m here to give you a little pep talk and some advice, just in case you were worried about how alcohol affects your anxiety. I know that some of you may not agree with me on this one, but I know that I’ll never please everyone on this!
Also, it’s worth mentioning that I am not a doctor. Everything I talk about on this blog is purely from my own experience, and you should always talk to your doctor if you decide to make any changes to your lifestyle.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend drinking any amounts of alcohol without understanding the effects this has on your body. Also, it doesn’t affect my family, my work or my ability to pay bills. When this is happening, it is most certainly a sign that you need help. Please seek this if any of the areas of your life are being affected by drinking.
But this post is mainly to show you the below:
1. You are your own person. You can do what you want (without breaking the law)
Growing older and wiser (hopefully, haha) is a normal process in life. As you get older, you start to realise what is important to you, and what isn’t. With this comes the acceptance that you probably going to die soon anyway. Sorry to be morbid but this thought has certainly allowed me to stop being so hard on myself.
I’d like to give you this opportunity now to also realise this. You are YOU. You can do whatever you feel like doing if you wish. Although I do recommend making plans for the future, also seize the moment.
Allow yourself some freedom in your own actions and keep yourself happy. It’s all about having a balance in life where you keep to your commitments but enjoy yourself whilst doing so.
Also, I’m not sure about you but I just love a glass of wine when I’m sat down at home in the week. I feel instantly relaxed (especially when I know that all of my chores are done!), and to me, it signifies the end of the working day. If you can relate, continue doing what you’re doing. You’re a grown adult after all, and enjoying your wine/vodka/whatever you drink is totally fine.
2. Everything in moderation though
Although I enjoy my wine/alcohol in general, I certainly don’t drink myself into oblivion. You DEFINITELY won’t see me passed out in the gutter after having one too many. It’s not a good look, you will be damaging your body, and the hangover just isn’t worth it.
Plus, your anxiety will be through the roof in the morning. It just isn’t fun and not something you should ever make a habit out of.
So, thanks to my dad, I have a few rules I follow to ensure I’m fully in control of myself and my actions. Here they are:
– Make sure you eat a good meal before you start drinking. Drinking on an empty stomach will make you absorb the alcohol quicker, leaving you feeling tipsy pretty quick. Ensure your meal is filling too. You’ll thank me later.
– Drink water between your alcoholic drinks. Alcohol dehydrates your body and your brain, which is what causes a headache the day after.
Both of the above tips will keep you enjoying your night with limited repercussions.
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3. But do remember to not give into peer pressure – you don’t need to drink if you don’t want to
I think when we’re younger, it’s much easier to give into those around us. We feel pressured into looking a certain way, acting a certain way and generally being someone else. I don’t like this.
We are all different and definitely unique. Therefore you should feel comfortable being who you want and do what you enjoy. The same goes for drinking.
If you don’t want a drink, you don’t need to have one. Learning to say no can be difficult at times, especially when you suffer from the fear of missing out. But you can still enjoy yourself without alcohol being thrown into the mix, and that’s okay too.
Remember to be who YOU are, and if that means not having that vodka/gin/wine, that’s okay.
4. Final thoughts
The point of this article is to partly get my feelings off of my chest about enjoying wine, but also to show you that you are free and special. Don’t ever feel the need to conform to other people’s wishes (although we’ve all been there at some point) because you don’t need to.
Enjoy the little things in life and have fun. Don’t be so hard on yourself when you do enjoy a drink. Remember that your mental health is affected by alcohol but take measures to look after yourself, too.
Until next time!
Jess x x