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We would save ourselves a lot of trouble and hassle if we could find ways to manage stress and busy days in ways other than drinking alcohol. Our natural reaction to bad news, busy weeks, or hard days is often to have a drink.

We seem to think that alcohol soothes the mind, or medicate our nerves, or maybe that it is our reward after enduring something negative. But we forget about how alcohol makes us feel the morning after, and how much time and money we actually waste on this substance that usually causes more harm than good.

So maybe the next time we experience hardship, we shouldn’t reach for the alcohol. Maybe we shouldn’t make so many jokes about how a mom is really going to need a drink after that long day with the kids. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage co-workers to come out to the bar to drink their stresses from the day away.

There are many more effective things to do to relieve stress or to make ourselves really feel better. Sometimes just starting one of these activities will be enough to take our mind off of the stresses.

There really is so much more to life, and rewarding ourselves too quickly with alcohol takes away from other experiences we could be having.

The next time you feel pressured or entitled to drink your troubles away, try one of these activities first:

  • Read a book
  • Take a walk
  • Learn a musical instrument
  • Clean your closets
  • Research your genealogy
  • Cook a gourmet dinner
  • Organize your pictures
  • Plan a garden
  • Plant a garden
  • Play with your pet
  • Read to a child
  • Visit someone in an old folks home
  • Watch a news special on TV
  • Setup a family budget
  • Make a web site
  • Take up archery
  • Exercise
  • Surf the internet
  • Call your mom
  • Learn a foreign language
  • Write a poem
  • Play golf
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Draw
  • Teach a parakeet to whistle
  • Take a nap
  • Listen to music
  • Clean your desk
  • Start a stamp collection
  • Go window shopping
  • Browse in a book store
  • Go to an art gallery
  • Go for a drive
  • Paint a room
  • Play darts
  • Do home repairs
  • Clean your garage
  • Make a scrapbook
  • Volunteer somewhere
  • Take a college class
  • Try Yoga
  • Get a massage
  • Bake cookies
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Go to the gym
  • Sew
  • Groom your dog
  • Go see a play
  • Sort your recipes
  • Play solitaire
  • Write a letter to a friend
  • Mow your lawn
  • Go jogging
  • Go for a bike ride
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Bake your own bread
  • Read the newspaper
  • Do some laundry
  • Play with your kids
  • Volunteer
  • Go to the library
  • Take ballroom dancing lessons
  • Do your nails
  • Plan a dream vacation
  • Have a picnic
  • Tickle your kids
  • Go to Bed!

Don’t forget! Certain foods and eating habits are calming and satisfying without being addictive!