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Distracting things to do until your drinking urge passes

February 11, 2017

 
Alcohol cravings can ruin your sobriety goals, but it’s important to realize that you can get past them without giving in to temptation. Various studies suggest that alcohol cravings subside after just 15 minutes. Here are a few distracting things to do until your drinking urge passes. 

Go outdoors

Filling your lungs full of fresh air can greatly reduce or eliminate your urge to drink. When you do something simple, such as taking a walk in the park or just sitting in your own backyard, you may instinctively feel like you’re more a part of nature. These feelings may work to help you get through a moment of weakness.

Utilize aromatherapy

There is lots of anecdotal evidence that suggests that aromatherapy may help with alcohol cravings. The next time you feel the urge to drink, try burning a scented candle or some fragrant incense. You could also try dropping some peppermint oil or cinnamon sticks into a simmering pot of water on your stovetop for a similar effect.

Get some exercise

One of the most effective methods to avoid succumbing to a drinking urge is to engage in any form of exercise. Physical activity will help to take your mind off what you don’t want to be thinking about. In addition, just knowing that you’re improving your physical condition may give you extra motivation to resist future alcohol cravings. To facilitate working out when you have the urge to drink, store your gym bag in an easily accessible location, such as the car or coat closet. That way, it will be ready for you to pick up and get moving as soon as cravings occur. Don’t worry if you don’t belong to a gym - a fast walk or jog through your neighborhood will give you similar results. 

The more often you are able to resist the urges to drink, the better you’ll be able to resist them. Over time, they may even become less frequent. Remember, if you can get through the first 15 minutes using one of these distraction ideas, you’ll stand a better chance of sober success over the long term.
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