How many people drink to cope with stress? Well according to this BBC News report:
- Over half of 25-44 year olds in one survey drank due to stress
- 49% of mothers drink at home at least three of four nights a week
- Of those that drank more than government guidelines, 81% did so to wind down from a stressful day
I'm a non-drinker – not out of a particularly health-conscious or moral choice, but for the fact that I react with all the negative effects of alcohol (feeling ill, dizzy and disorientated) without being even the slightest bit merry.
But this report got me thinking about the differences between a treat and a crutch.
Whether it's a warm peaceful bath, a nice glass of red, a decadent bar of chocolate – or indeed all of the above – it's important to treat yourself to something nice, even if it is a bit naughty. There's something about a treat that is:
- Enjoyable and rewarding
- Makes you feel good when you have it
- Improves your self esteem
On the other hand, a crutch is
- A need, a dependency
- Something you 'must have' just to get by
- Makes you feel bad when you don't have it
- Makes you feel hooked or bound
- Takes away an element of being in control from you
What are the treats and crutches in your life?