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5 Signs That You Have Alcoholism

5 Signs That You Have Alcoholism

It’s well known that alcohol use beyond a certain point can become an addiction that brings with it all kinds of health dangers. The trick is realizing when someone has crossed the line from being an occasional social drinker to an alcoholic in a position to do incalculable damage to their health and wellbeing.

It’s far too easy to dismiss warning signs as temporary aberrations or to convince yourself that the condition is under control.

If you are a drinker or you think someone dear to you may be an alcoholic, here are some signs that drinking is really taking its toll on the health of the person.

1. Anxiety and shaking

If you feel shaking of the body while sleeping or find it hard to sleep at night this is a sure sign that something is wrong. Anxiety and depression are additional signs that drinking is seriously damaging your health.

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If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to look around for solutions. You can do this on your own, or you can seek outside help. Getting help is a big step that can pay huge dividends in the long run.

The best thing you can do to start with is to gradually lessen your alcohol intake. Since this can be very difficult to do on your own, you may want to initiate drug replacement therapy through neuro rehab treatment.

Neuro rehab treatment will allow you to cope with the anxiety and related issues. It can help you set yourself on a path to breaking your addiction.

2. Your oral health is poor

The risk of oral cancer increases six times if you drink alcohol in excess. Poor oral health is another sign that you may need to cut down or eliminate your alcohol intake.

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Various studies also indicate that 4 or more drinks per day can cause oral cancer or other related oral health hazards.

So if you are facing bad oral health, decayed teeth, swollen gums, or any other oral malady, it’s time to set an appointment with a dentist. Seeing dentists for non-surgical gum therapy may be a starting point for you to improve your oral health along with initiating a gradual recovery.

3. You are forgetting things

It is scientifically proven fact that people who overly indulge in alcohol tend to gradually lose their memory.

The signs of memory loss may be tricky to identify at first. However, if you’re forgetting things, again and again, that’s a warning sign that you may need help.

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4. You are too social and can’t resist peer pressure

Probably one of the easiest ways to get fat or drink too much is when we are in a social setting. We simply cannot resist offers from our friends or colleagues for one more shot of whiskey or piece of pizza.

If you are someone who cannot resist the temptation and find it hard to say no, that could be yet another symptom of alcoholism.

5. Failing to keep promises

Alcoholics are not good at keeping their promises. Most anyone who has consumed alcohol can recall a day they overindulged and swore they would never drink again only to find themselves lifting a pint a few days later. With alcoholics, however, this process tends to repeat itself all too frequently.

Often an alcoholic will make promises to friends or family while they’re drinking that they find themselves unable or unwilling to fulfill when they’re sober. That is if they don’t forget the promise entirely.

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Overcoming Alcoholism

If you notice this behavior on either end, it’s time to take a long, hard look at whether alcohol rehab is necessary. If you recognized yourself or a loved one in several of the above situations, now is the time to make a change.

Overcoming an addiction to alcohol isn’t easy, but it can be done. Odds are you know someone who has done so successfully. It requires some effort, commitment, and a genuine self-compassion.

Realizing the need to be clean and the willingness to work with people to make it happen is what matters most. Armed with the right tools and expertise an alcoholic can leave this destructive habit behind and go on to live a fulfilling life.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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