• Penni Lamprey

Day Drinking Much?

Updated: Aug 31, 2020

We’ve seen the memes and laughed, maybe we’ve been the memes and with a sore head, laughed the next day, creating our own memes to share.Day drinking, and the social acceptance of the activity is gaining popularity; the new norm for many as they struggle with work from home changes and challenges, job losses and /or wage losses, homeschooling and the general uncertainly of what to do next during this pandemic called COVID-19.

And I get it the ease of it too. Everyone else is doing it, zoom calls on any night sharing the screenshots of the drinks of choice. Why not? Kids drove me mad today. Why not? It’ll be just the one. Why not? Epic, home delivery from my fav winery in a Mr. Whippy style delivery van. Why not? Simply bored. Why not?

No doubt, a glass or two of beer, wine or your tipple of choice can be a rewarding way to relax after a hard day, a hot day,a stressful day. We all know the buzzing feeling of release we get from holding that glass. It’s part of the attraction and why alcohol is often used as a coping strategy; the desire for things to be better than what they currently are. But it’s not a resourceful one, or a healthful one if you’re running away from your problems/work/children/responsibilities.

Last week, I was only moments away from pouring myself a gin under the guise of “I’ve had a shite day” I’d even started practising the, ‘Don’t give me that look’, look that I was going to throw to my husband – who no doubt also had had a shite day. 

And then I noticed a lurch within; the thought of my potential behaviour created feelings of incongruency inside of me.

I can maintain control. I will be the constant in these quickly changing times, for myself and my family.

Instead of pouring that drink, I went for a run as I thought about the six regular activities that directly align with me feeling great, energetic and able to better cope with the realities of life.

Intentional breath work x 3 times a day

Intentional breathing won’t pay your bills, tell you what to do with which staff or go close to offering a projection to where we are on this unprecedented timeline. 

But what intentional breathing will provide you with is the focus, the grounding and the ability to find the much-needed space between what you are seeing, hearing and feeling and your emotional state(s) before responding to the next pressing priority.

Hydration, 2 lt a day – minimum

Your body is made up of 60% of water, with the brain and muscle containing up to 75% water, so it makes sense that a thirsty brain tire easily, reducing work capacity, mental prowess, concentration, alertness, and short-term memory. Symptoms of mild dehydration include fatigue, dizziness, and headache; all of which are known to lead to poor work performance – and you can start today, right now in fact. Go our a glass, a big one!

Increase your daily non-starchy vegetables

By upping the number of leafy greens, broccoli and caulis, mushrooms, tomato, carrots, zucchini, salad greens, cabbages, herbs etc will increase your vitamin and mineral intake, and naturally reduce the king of carbohydrates intake, the starchy carbs. What these foods do is unlock the energy from the starchy carbs, adding to your energy levels and desire to move with purpose and think with clarity.

Heart raising activity for 30-60 minutes

We all still have roles and responsibilities – finding an hour may prove difficult if you are caring for young children and or have a full workload from home.The good news is that research supports either a collection of 10-minute bursts of activity, culminating in 30-60 minutes, or one continuous session of activity. Either will have an enormously positive impact on your health and wellbeing.

Whether we’re at home caring for children, working the graveyard shift, sitting behind a steering wheel all day or at a workstation that inhibits movement, we must all take responsibility for a personal paradigm shift regarding our physical activity and exercise. 

10 -15 minutes before breakfast, 10 -15 minutes during lunch and 10 -15 minutes while the spuds are simmering, will see you right and become a ritual to continue post WFH/iso

Let the ‘I should be doing…’ go out with the rubbish

There are no rules, checklist or written SOP for pandemic iso behavior. The only thing you should be doing is focusing on the things that you can control. Do you know what they are?

When you think about the really important things in your life, your financial wellbeing, physical wellbeing, nutritional wellbeing and mental wellbeing – what can you focus on?

Participate in activities that provide a sense of achievement

Sense of achievement is purely a perspective. What you consider an achievement and I consider an achievement is 100% about subjective perspective. For myself, compiling this article in the hope it convinces another that they too can maintain control and that they can be the constant in this quickly changing environment gives me a sense of achievement.

Why? Because the benefits of my work are received by other people – by you the reader. If what you want to achieve is dynamic and external in intent, involves contributing to a greater cause than yourself, then a sense of achievement is easier to obtain.

If you’re not sure how to do this step, I suggest you contact me to discuss private coaching –

Active participation in these six activities will reduce your overwhelm, sighs of frustration and desire to escape the realities of your current situation by hiding in day drinking, you’ll be healthier, happier and you will be in control, you will be the constant in this quickly changing environment.

About Penni

Penni is an experienced business manager, internationally recognised lifestyle, food and wellness coach, Mindfulness coach, Mental health first aider and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner. With creative program and session design, Penni brings health & wellbeing (awareness and behaviour change) to workplaces that encourage and support participants to change the way they think and participate in life; to experience today while looking forward to their future.

They are hands-on and experimental for adult learning, bringing a practical element to evidence-informed literature, resulting in reduced sick leave and wage costs, and a more supported, satisfied and productive teams of staff.

Adopting the Trans Theoretical Model of Change (TMM) for individual behaviour change, the programs, workshops and campaigns are created to address either the awareness, behaviour change or maintenance stages of change.

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