You know that feeling at the end of the day, where you’re totally fried? Your fuse is as short as humanly possible, you’re on edge, and you just feel beat. It’s hard to concentrate, you don’t want to bother with making any decisions, and when you do have to make decisions, you’re not sure you’re making the right choices. You just want to numb out and quit having to think for the rest of the day. And that’s understandable, because your internal battery has hit empty too early. Your primitive brain is now on autopilot until you can rest and recharge.
Hopefully this feeling is a rare occurrence for you. But if I had to bet, I would guess you may experience this more often than you’d like. And if that’s the case, this becomes a significant challenge to our reduction or cessation of alcohol use. When we’re not firing on all cylinders, when we don't have full control of our decision making, problem solving, and higher thinking skills, it becomes more difficult to skip the glass of wine in favor of other things we know will make us feel good.
We introduced the concept of a body battery before, so recall that internal charge we’ve got first thing in the morning. You wake up, ready to go at 100%. Every little thing from there begins to slowly drain your battery, until you’re on empty. In an ideal world, you hit this right as you close your eyes at the end of the day, or you don’t even reach this point at all.
But if you’re regularly hitting 0% at 5 o’clock, something’s gotta change. This is where we begin calling in our tools for managing energy.