Stress and Alcohol

The reason I drank wine was because I genuinely believed it helped to relax me, the same reason that millions of others drink it too, especially us Mums. After a week of fighting with the kids to get them out of bed, to eat some breakfast and to wash their face and teeth at the same time as getting myself ready for work and ensuring the dogs are fed, just so we could get out of the house on time and not be late for school/work. All before 7am and I haven’t even started my day in the office or tackled the after school fights of dinner time, homework, bath time and bed time.

Was it any wonder that by Friday I needed a bottle of red wine to relax into my weekend!!!!

The truth is, by drinking on Friday evenings,I was leading myself right into a Saturday hangover, I certainly wasn’t relaxed, i’d had hardly any sleep, I had a headache, I was dehydrated and feeling agitated. Not the perfect way to feel when you’ve got two children that want to spend a fun day with you.

I would want to rest in peace, therefore the kids would get sent out to play. Yes they have fun when they go out to play with their friends, but soon they will be too old and wont want to spend the day with their Mum, I was wasting that precious time every weekend.

Of course Saturday with a hangover and two children is stressful in its self, so of course by the end of the day I would be working my way through another bottle of wine, ready to have the same feelings on Sunday.

I gave up drinking in October 2018 because I wanted to lose weight and improve my skin, but I have learnt so much more about myself and stress in the process.

Alcohol never cured my stress it just made it worse!!!

I now use the money I save from buying wine to go for a massage and facial once a month. I treat myself to Lush bath bombs and have a candle lit bubble baths. I listen to my favourite music, sometimes I put it on full blast and dance. I’ll light a scented candle and read a good book. These things all help me to truly relax, but best of all they all help me to get an amazing nights sleep!!

SLEEP IS THE SECRET TO TRUE RELAXATION

Today, Saturday 30 March 2019 at 0745am, I am sat here, washed and dressed, writing this blog, ready for a full day of fun with my family and not lying in bed wishing my kids would shut up because i’m not ready to get out of bed yet.

The weekends are an amazing time to relax and spend time with the people we love. Don’t waste your weekend suffering with a hangover.

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