How do people distract themselves from drinking in the winter?

I hate the winter. It’s cold. I spent nearly all my time indoors if I am not working. I find being inside alot increases my depression and in return I want to drink to kill my boredom. What do you guys do to help when you feel cabin fever?

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Oh lord… I live in a cabin… :joy::joy::joy: Winter is so hard… Cold, depressing, gloomy etc… I’ve been bundling up and going outside anyway… I crave :sun_with_face:… Music helps me a lot too!!! :blush:

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Wouldn’t drinking something like hot tea, coffee or chocolate work?

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Distractions aren’t the answer. Focused goals and working towards them is. Start building a sober toolkit and use it.

YOU CAN DO IT!!

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That kind of works but not really lol I need alot of distraction and to keel busy. I can sip on hot tea but all I think is beer would be better lol. Ahhh ill survive lol

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How do you start a sober tool kit

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Global warming distracts me since we haven’t got winter this year.

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I’m the opposite. Hot and sunny was a trigger for me.

Nowadays I haven’t been triggered once as the compulsion to drink has left me.

Gym is always a good thing to keep the mind and body active ??

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Find something to work towards. Maybe a online course of some sort. Reading books and listening to music has always been my go to even when I was drinking so I’ve had to change my mindset. It takes time, and it can be hard.
Ultimately you have to ignore the desire for drink.
Have a cup of tea instead. I found usually just the act of getting up and making the tea distracted the moment.

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I have always been prone to winter blues, or Seasonal Affective disorder. Keeping a strict sleep schedule, exercise, diet, vitamins (especially D and C), listening to positive podcasts, sitting in a sunny window with a good book, or making sure I get some sunshine, even on the coldest days. If this doesn’t work, you can get a light box that simulates natural sun.

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I am going out with my daughter to visit some family! I figured why not start repairing some relationships that got the back burner due to my alcoholism. #positivechanges

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I went to AA, got a sponsor and work the steps. The easiest way to deal with cravings is reducing them altogether. Through AA and a higher power I haven’t a craving in quite a while.

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What are things you think might help you in times of stress. My tool kit has a letter I wrote to myself, a few mantras and prayers, printed articles about alcohol and alcoholism, crystals/worry stones… Just anything I can pull out and read or hold or whatever when I was feeling overwhelmed.

Every tool kit is different.

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Be careful here. Be gentle. If the relationships were truly damaged by your drinking they won’t be easy to repair. If you get some push back don’t take that as a reason to give up and drink. Go slow. Like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.

YOU CAN DO IT!!

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The only damage that happened was not spending time with anyone because all my focus was on drinking. I neglected family and friends because I just wanted to be alone to drink

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I have stones myself. Hematite grounds me. I’m going to start getting more into meditation. Thank you

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I think you will be so happy in doing that… :blush: Mama/daughter time is hard to beat in the line of building happiness… I hope that you have an awesome day!!! :blush::100:

Almost 2 years here. Crazy as it sounds, coffee. Especially at work. If my guys see me walking the floor with coffee they know something/someone pissed me off and it was starting some strong cravings. At home? Just stay busy. Always something to clean.

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That is fantastic. You can feel that you have a good outlook on this. Keep us updated on your progress.

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I’ve been working out, crotcheting and baking all winter; basically just opening myself up to new hobbies.
Trying to keep myself invested in something I enjoy.
I am so ready for spring though.
I need the suns healing.
It’s so close…

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