During These Tumultuous Times – Find Ways to Focus On Your Health
Now more than ever, we need to be focusing on both our mental and physical health. Flu season is upon us and a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases has many worried that this could be a difficult winter. Finding time for yourself can be crucial to staying healthy and maintaining your overall well-being.
One of the most important things you can do throughout the Fall and Winter is to exercise, eat clean and avoid alcohol. Unfortunately, during the Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdowns, studies have shown an increase in excessive drinking. As reported in Medical News Today, people may be drinking in excess to cope with the stressors brought about by a looming health crisis and economic uncertainty.
Excessive alcohol use can affect your sleep and general health. Everything from the potential for weight gain to liver damage and an increased risk for certain kinds of cancer can result from drinking too much alcohol.
During the pandemic, treatment options are still available for those struggling with alcohol or drug dependence. Treatment can be tailored to your specific needs to help you make lifelong changes including staying accountable to your sobriety.
Excessive alcohol consumption is not only dangerous to yourself, but can be dangerous to others. Driving under the influence kills over ten thousand people each year. Alcohol can also cause people to engage in dangerous behavior or make them more prone to violence.
With added pressures such as facing potential layoffs or an eviction, more people may be turning to alcohol. In turn, law enforcement agencies fear that there could be an increase in domestic violence or child abuse cases. Tragically, these kind of cases often go underreported making the true number very difficult to discern.