Top Tips That Will Help You Relax and De-Stress When Giving Up Alcohol - benifits of quitting alcohol | My Sober Support

Top Tips That Will Help You Relax and De-Stress When Giving Up Alcohol - benifits of quitting alcohol | My Sober Support


5 Top Tips That Will Help You Relax and De-Stress

Stress is a word that's on everybody's radar right now. The myriad pressures of modern life are causing many people to become anxious, stressed-out insomniacs.

What is Stress?
Stress can be felt physically as well as mentally and emotionally. When you're stressed, a hormone called cortisol floods your system, sparking the natural "fight or flight" response. Your blood vessels constrict and your heart rate increases. You may experience headaches, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, IBS flare-ups and insomnia.

How can I Combat Stress?
With a little practice, you can take control of stress and change the way you handle it. Here are 5 simple but effective techniques to help you keep calm and carry on.

1. Breathe
Breathing exercises help lower spiked blood pressure and give you time and space to focus. When you're calm and focused, you're better able to deal with your stress triggers.

2. Switch Off
In our 24/7 culture, we're increasingly unable to switch off and find time for ourselves. Aim to go offline an hour before bedtime to ensure you get a full, uninterrupted night's sleep.

3. Talk, Talk, Talk
Chatting to a friend or family member can help you see the bigger picture of stress; discussing what's on your mind can help you find healthy coping mechanisms.

4. Get Creative
Try your hand at a new craft such as sewing, knitting, painting or writing. Grab some mindfulness colouring books and colour your way to relaxation.

5. Massage
Starting from your toes and working upwards, give yourself a stress-busting massage. The very act is calming for the senses and the body (and even better if someone does it for you!)

What Not to do
Don't reach for the bottle. While you may feel alcohol provides stress-relief and relaxation, it can actually worsen psychological and physical symptoms. Excessive drinking negatively impacts your life; you could lose your job or your relationships could break down. This will only make your stress worse. By employing healthy coping mechanisms, you'll beat stress and discover happiness.


Giving up alcohol really can be so much easier than you think – but this is only if you have the right plan, resources, guidance and support.

The Sober Wellbeing Calendar is a visual resource tool for anyone starting out with going sober, trialling becoming a non-drinker for a month’s challenge, or needing further support with their ongoing journey to sobriety.