Making an incredibly difficult change for health Encouragement please
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 06:15 PM
Life has been a bit stressful in recent years and against all practical and medical advice, that means we ramped up the consumption in an attempt to alleviate that stress and worry. Also, when you have $25 left over after making your bills, booze is the best entertainment you can afford. What else can two people do for $25 besides get shithoused on low quality booze?
Anyway, in an effort to not die and/or look 20 years older than we actually are, we made a pact to quit booze for a whole year. We're both very curious to see how we look and feel at the end of that year.
Anyway, I'm on day six of not drinking and I feel like I'd happily give my left nut for a bottle of bourbon. Boredom is my biggest enemy here. I'm searching for work after a cross country relocation for my wife's job, so I'm basically stuck home alone all day with no money to go do anything interesting. I can see that coping with boredom is going to be my biggest obstacle with this whole thing.
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 07:01 PM
I guess it must be an hour at a time - an trying to do anything not to be bored - maybe more sex
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 07:12 PM
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 07:31 PM
Good luck darling! ♥
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 07:44 PM
Good luck with everything.
Posted Wed Oct 01, 2014 08:17 PM
As for taking a walk, I used to have places I could go to unwind. Our new location isn't conducive to that sort of thing. There is a lot of traffic, it's very loud and while it's not a terrible neighborhood, you have to be sort of on alert while walking around. It's not exactly refreshing.
Posted Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:36 AM
Best of luck for you both!
Posted Tue Oct 14, 2014 07:21 PM
I personally am a huge advocate of volunteer work while unemployed. I did it when I first moved to a new city last spring as a way to stay productive and useful while on the job hunt. There are all kinds of opportunities out there. A simple Google search with your city + volunteer opportunities is all you need to do. Won't hurt to check it out- see if anything interests you.
I am prone to depression and sitting around the house all day with nothing to do is a surefire way to sink into a funk. Volunteering gets me out around people doing something productive, which keeps boredom (and depression) at bay. Also, it's good karma, and who doesn't need some of that?
Think about it. And good luck to you regardless.
Posted Wed Oct 15, 2014 07:50 AM
Posted Tue Dec 09, 2014 05:55 AM
I made some changes many years ago and they were a bit of a challenge but they have worked out ok. I stopped drinking because I was losing interest in it and lost the notion for it. I also stopped eating meat. I dont miss drink one bit and now really dont think of eating meat. In fact it would be difficult to make myself do that. Whether it has had any benefits or not, I cant really say. However, it can be done.
As Shell says, find something to distract you if you are finding it a challenge. And exercise tends to be a good thing for taking your mind off all sorts of things.
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Posted Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:34 AM
The unemployment, isolation, loneliness, and financial stress makes it really hard not to turn to liquid apathy for a break from my own thoughts.
I seriously don't know how much more of this whole, unemployed and isolated in an unfamiliar city thing I can handle. But that's a topic for a different thread.