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Top 4 Reasons To Not Drink And Drive

Top 4 Reasons To Not Drink And Drive

According to MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), someone is injured in a drunk driving accident every 2 minutes in the United States. It can only be assumed that in bigger cities and tourist traps the number is much higher than average. Most offenders don’t set out looking to harm others, they simply are too inebriated to judge their own abilities. However, that inebriation can be extremely harmful to the people around you, and that is just one reason why it is essential that you never drink and drive. Here are a few other reasons one should not drink and drive.

Abilities Become Impaired

Alcohol is a depressant. That is to say, alcohol slows down a person’s reaction time. Thus, you cannot respond appropriately to driving hazards while drunk. Even if you’ve only had a couple of drinks your blood alcohol level can be much over the legal limit. However, you may not notice that you are too drunk to drive, because alcohol also slows down your judgement. That is something super dangerous and scary, especially on the road. If you were to get in an accident you could spend a lot of time in jail and get a hefty fine. There is no way to cover up being drunk. Time is the only thing that can sober a person. No amount of coffee or cold showers will help you pass a breathalyzer.

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It’s Not Just You

It’s easy to disregard your own safety. After all, you’ve kept yourself alive for how long now? However, could you ever forgive yourself if you injured another person? A child? That would be such a terrible thing to remember and deal with your whole life. It just isn’t worth it. Staying off the roads while you are drunk is essential to not only keeping yourself safe, but also keeping the people around you safe. While you are intoxicated your judgement is impaired and there is no way to really know what you are doing. In order to keep yourself and those around you safe it is a good idea to always have a responsible and sober party with you whenever you drink that way you can be sure to avoid any accidents.

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It’s Expensive

Even if no one gets hurt, a DUI is expensive for years to come. Though it differs from state to state, a DUI will stay on your record for several years costing you not only a ticket, fines, jail time, and insurance, but possibly the loss of your license. This is something that can even cause you to lose your job and without work, it’s hard to pay fines that accrue interest. Not to mention that those you injure or disturb can always hire an attorney, such as a Drunk Driver Accident Attorney that specializes in drunk driving accidents. If you’re planning a vacation, just be sure to be smart and avoid trouble.

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There’s no Need

There’s no reason to drive drunk, especially when you are putting yourself and others in danger. It’s as simple as calling an Uber, or hailing a cab the old fashioned way. You don’t even have to designate a sober driver anymore, they are everywhere and at your fingertips! Why risk your job, your reputation, your life, and worst of all, the lives of others when so many resources are available? Always be with a sober friend when you drink, or just don’t do it!!

Overall, just be smart! If you’ve had even a single drink, call a driver to take you where you need to go. The only acceptable number of drunk driving accidents is zero!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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