Leaving the Pandemic in Safety and Sobriety

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Now that the pandemic has passed, people are getting out and going to pubs and restaurants again. There is a festive feeling in the air at almost every site. This stems from the fact that we have been secluded for so long. 

However, the return of life’s pressures coincides with the gradual reopening. What does this signify for drinking habits? Is post-pandemic healing a stepping stone to substance abuse and addiction? What is the best way to proceed?

Drinking Caused by a Pandemic

The consumption of alcohol increased as the pandemic expanded. According to Nielsen data, alcohol sales increased by 34% from April to June 2020 compared to the same time the previous year. 

The effect was verified in a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association. In February 2021, it was reported that one out of every four persons had increased their drinking to cope with stress, with 52% of parents with children aged five to seven saying they had done so.

Coping Mechanisms for Normal Life Stresses

What can be done to break a drinking habit that began during the pandemic? In a similar vein, how can we avoid overindulging in alcoholic beverages in celebratory settings to honor the conclusion of the siege? What can we do to cope with the return of life’s “normal pressures” once the economy opens? Here are a few suggestions.

Be Aware

Take a step back and assess what you are doing. Examine your life in a stark, truthful light. Do you have a strong desire to consume alcohol? Do you find yourself indulging more than you planned or wanted to? These are all red flags. Pay attention to them and make an effort to change.

Moderate and Plan 

Set limits and adhere to them. Consider the best way to proceed and devise a plan of action. This is something to keep in mind in any situation. Rather than endangering yourself and others, commit to limiting your usage.

Move It 

Set that glass, bottle, or other containers down. It can be replaced by a ball, racquet, weight, bicycle handlebar, or something similar. Alternatively, simply swing your arms while walking, jogging, or hiking. Exercise can help you cope with the challenges of adjusting to your new normal.

Be Mindful 

Meditate and practice mindfulness. Take up yoga, tai chi, or qi-gong. These are all good methods to connect your mind, body, and spirit while also relaxing, renewing, and recovering from the pandemic.

Reach Out 

Contact friends, colleagues, and/or professionals for help. To begin, express your worries. After that, have a discussion and take action. 

Adapting to the post-pandemic world safely and securely may necessitate assistance. If necessary, obtain it. With the support and guidance of professionals at Avalon Malibu, you can achieve the goal of sobriety. Throughout your time with the therapists at Avalon Malibu, you can leave the pandemic safely and soberly. Call Avalon Malibu at (844) 857-5992.

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