ALCOHOL SIMPLY DESENSITIZES THE ANXIETY YOU FEEL
One thing that you should never use alcohol for is anxiety-relief. Using alcohol to drown your fears, worries, and concerns is a dangerous path to take. Because, whether you realize it or not, alcohol doesn’t actually get rid of your anxiety.
Pounding back shots of vodka, shots of whiskey, shots of rum, or pints of beer doesn’t actually get rid of your anxiety. Alcohol only inebriates you. It numbs your anxiety with a temporary high. And it tricks your mind into thinking that it’s all gone.
At the same time, alcohol impairs your decision-making. So for some people the obvious choice for getting rid of any remaining anxiety that you have after your buzz wears off, is to kick off another round of drinks. Before you know it, you’re pounding back round after round trying to make your anxiety disappear. But it never actually goes away.
Another safer, smarter and productive choice you could make, is the daily practice of sitting in meditation for twenty minutes twice a day. This practice wipes out your anxiety. For real. Simply sitting down in the stillness of a twenty-minute meditation session is much more effective for killing anxiety compared to drinking alcohol. Instead of numbing your pain, meditation totally eradicates your agitation and replaces it with relaxation, tranquility, peacefulness and serenity that last throughout your day or night.
I reiterate again Alcohol only numbs your anxiety
. Meditation wipes it out and replaces it with a deep, beautiful sense of peacefulness that stays with you.
ALCOHOL DOESN’T LESSEN YOUR PROBLEMS, HOWEVER MEDITATION HELPS YOU CREATE SOLUTIONS
Pounding back alcohol drowns out your worries with a temporary high. HOWEVER, more often than not, drinking doesn’t actually get rid of the problems or situation that was frustrating you in the first place. Further more, as anyone who has ever made a drunken mistake can tell you, deciding to drink away your anxiety is a choice that often results in more problems, more bad decisions, and more regretful mistakes than you started with.
What makes meditation special is that it can consistently offer you something that drinking alcohol doesn’t: solutions
. When you decide to eradicate your anxiety by sitting in stillness for twenty- thirty minutes twice a day rather than drinking alcohol, you’re going to discover endless creativity waiting for you underneath that agitation and frustration.
And after twenty minutes of tapping into that endless creativity, you might walk away with some life-changing gifts that drinking could never offer you: insights, ideas, plans, and solutions for fixing your problems instead of numbing your pain.
When disaster strikes and frustration, anxiety, and agitation take over your mind, you have to make a choice. Are you going to consume a substance that will more than likely add more trouble to your life? Or are you going to embrace a meditation practice that could guide you to the light at the end of your frustration, and ultimately lead you into a state of imperturbability?
If you’re looking to totally wipe out your anxiety with pure peacefulness and walk out of your situation with creative solutions to end your frustration, then meditation is the right choice for you.
How To Get Started
We have guided meditation sessions every Friday 7-8pm suitable for those that have no experience at all as well as the seasoned meditators, at
Martin Acton’s Aikido Institute in Dromore. The address is
100 Church Street, Dromore BT251AA