I feel like a lot of girls around my age tend to use wine as a solution to all of life’s problems. Maybe it’s just me and my friends but I’m pretty sure there are plenty of people who can relate.
During month 2 and 3 of my job I was really stressed out. I wasn’t just stressed out at work though, I hadn’t learned how to not bring my stress home with me. Since I was stressed out even when I got home, I found that my go to solution for de-stressing was wine. I wouldn’t have it every night, but it definitely became a habit for a good couple of months. I knew I had to figure out how to handle my stress. Originally, it wasn’t because I had picked up a habit of relying on wine to calm down. At first it was because there were multiple times where I would feel nauseous simply by walking into my work building.
The first step I took to lowering my stress level was deleting my work email off of my phone. I don’t recommend this for everyone but since I am paid hourly it really wasn’t necessary for me to have. I would get home and see all of the emails still coming through that I couldn’t do anything about. That caused any stress I had during the day to follow me home. After a couple weeks of not having my work email on my phone, my stress level decreased some. I still found myself not super motivated and I still kind of had the wine habit.
Eventually some of the people around me started to get on a health kick. I decided to join in. The main changes I made were drinking about a gallon of water per day and working out 3-5 days per week. The water just generally made me feel better about myself. I forget all of the exact benefits of drinking more water, so you can read more about it here. Working out helped me not rely on wine as much because when you work out it releases endorphins. Endorphins were better at lowering my stress level than wine it turned out. I also discovered that I had less time to sit around and lounge with a glass of wine. I had to find time in my schedule to go workout. Then, by the time I was done I didn’t even want a glass anymore.
By drinking less wine, I started noticing other positive things happen in my life. I was consuming less calories so those workouts became more effective. I was also spending less money. Not that wine is a huge expense, but if it becomes a habit, it can add up. I took time to make my lunch the night before work which meant I was also eating healthier. I also felt more well rested in the morning.
I still love wine but I now really only drink it on the weekends and at restaurants. Sometimes if a bottle is lying around I will help myself to some, but it is pretty rare that I just go pick up a bottle any random day of the week like I was once doing.
If you can relate, the 3 main takeaways are:
- Find a way to not bring stress from work home with you
- Drink more water
- Workout regularly