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    I've begun a big long list of "distraction" things-to-do for when I want to drink on an abs day. I'm using the HAMS "Alcohol-Free Fun Worksheet",but adding chores,jobs or projects too that are not all fun but totally occupy my brain. So I changed "Fun" to "Distractions". These are things I can start right before my witching hours! I looked at lists online of "things to do" which gave me plenty of directions (like "creativity" or "productivity" )to fill in with my own lifestyle and hobby themes.

    When I really got to thinking about it, I have some Very time consuming projects I could work at in poor weather. One is to sort through every piece of clothing I have and get some torn up and into the rag-bag,some thrown out, and some good stuff I'll just never wear again into bags for a second-hand-store. It's too easy for me too keep too much junk around. I could go through every drawer in the house too. I throw out stuff eventually(not a hoarder) but never make a Big thorough job out of it.I'd open up some closet space for sure.

    Another one is to go through my computer pictures and delete about 1000 of them(or more) and get 100s re-named so I can Find them. I should get pets,garden,friends,relatives etc etc all into separated Folders. I've had a bad habit of never deleting On my camera but downloading all the junk pictures with the good ones.Then I just left the files sorted by Year. I have to click Way too many times to find things now. I bet I could work on that mess every day for a week and not finish. I take a Lot of pictures.

    Tomorrow is my second abs day in a row for this week, and today I got ready for it by shopping with my husband for flowers and shrubs for the yard. Today we shopped during my witching hours and tomorrow I'll be planting during them,weather permitting. For my own drinking it will help me a Lot to make a habit out of being very Busy during that time of afternoon.

  • #2
    Great plan! Finding things to do to fill that void is smart, and getting the reward of feeling satisfaction from a job well done can be gratifying. The picture idea is a good one. I too have way too many pictures that I should organize.
    Idle hands are the devil's workshop, right? Let's stay busy. :-)
    My Alcohol Free Story


    • #3
      Video games are my go to or learning something new such as taking up an instrument or doing a new programming project. Something to just get lost in.


      • #4
        When I'm bored I tend to end up doing something destructive, drinking being at the top of the list. I believe that it is because I tend to be a negative thinker (anxiety problem). I am working on that. I think that a positive thinking person often does something helpful or constructive when they are bored.

        Planning ahead for abs day activities is a great idea, my gf and I will plan something like taco night or painting or movies to keep us from going down the dark path...


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          In addition to finding meaningful activities, I find that listening to interesting podcasts as I do them helps crowd out some of my negative self-talk, tempting thoughts, etc. Also, I have ground myself down using action as a distraction in the past to an unhealthy point and started drinking again. However, I have found some great meditation podcasts. The Meditation Podcast by Jesse and Jeane Stern is my favorite... And, there's this thing called ASMR that I really enjoy and can bliss out to for hours, even while doing simple stuff on the computer. I find it works best with the larger "can" style headphones vs. earbuds. More info here... my favorite practitioner of ASMR is Heather Feather (there are many others). Her youtube channel is


          • scapula
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            OMG i just googled ASMR. I'm going to sleep so good tonight! Thank you!!

        • #6
          That is a great idea! As soon as I'm done posting this, I'm going to look for that worksheet and write down activities. Now that my hands are steady again (3rd abs day), I want to try those adult coloring books, prepare freezer meals, organize the kitchen cabinets/pantry/closets, scrapbook, garden, etc. I've found that just watching tv isn't enough, I need to keep my hands moving. Good luck!

          -I just tried looking for the worksheet and can't find it... Can someone please post a link?
          Last edited by scapula; 05-29-2017, 02:54 PM.


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